When I think of some of the recurring themes of life, one that comes up frequently among many people, including myself, is worry. Even though I will study on it and feel better about whatever I’m worrying about at that moment, a few months or year later a new area will crop up and I might worry for a bit and then it dawns on me that I need to apply what I learned from the last time!
Thankfully, it gets easier and I recognize it faster than I did in the past.
I truly used to just assume that worry was natural and that once you got through the trouble that you could just get on with being happy again. That was how I thought in my younger days. Wow. If I wait for trouble-free days to not worry?? Well, let’s just say that ain’t happin! Haha
So, yet again I am reading in Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus, in His own words says
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life (did He say that you’re allowed to worry about THIS situation since it’s a little bigger than the last one you worried about? NO!),
What you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
Let’s pause there for a moment. There is a time in every situation that we worry about where we cross over from problem-solving mode to just plain worry. I do believe if you have a situation that is causing you to worry, that it should cause you to pause and consider the best choice to make. Through prayer and weighing what the problem is, God can reveal what to do to solve the problem. There is a time, though, that you either don’t have control over the situation (or person) and you’ve moved into worry mode. It keeps you awake. It consumes your thoughts and conversations. It is entirely out of balance. You might even know it. Somehow the ability to stop worrying seems impossible. But, it is possible. God is the only One who has the power to change things. We need to fall in line with what He is asking us to do in the situation, but I really believe that worry actually blocks the power because we are focusing on ourselves or our situation and not on God and what He can do.
This morning when I read those first verses as part of my devotion, I thought, I need to go see what the verses surrounding that say. The verses go on from there.
He tells us again about the lilies of the field and how He cares for them and they don’t worry.
He tells us again “So do not worry”
So, the question is, what do we do when we ARE worrying and don’t know how to break out from that way of thinking?
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” ....this is the verse that follows the worry verses
How do we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness?
Turn first to God for help.
Fill your thoughts with His desires.
Take His character for your pattern for life.
Put God first in all you do.
When you spend time reading the Bible, I am telling you the absolute power of God just pours right out. It flows down into your bones. It changes how you see. It changes what you do. It helps you to step back and see the things of this life a little bit more objectively and through His eyes. It gives you hope and joy. Despite not having answers and not having resolution, you can have peace and joy.
If you wait until everything is solved to have peace, you will have a life of misery with blips of joy. Don’t wait. Put God in charge of your every little thing.
Sometimes I imagine this: as I close my eyes and hold the problem in my hands, I lay it down at His feet. I sit back and say “it is not mine to worry about. It is in Your hands to solve. You have promised me that you will fight for me and I am requesting that You do this. Please help me to not pick it back up again. Thank you for working on this for me.”
It is such a huge weight off my shoulders. The physical act of doing that transfers the power from my feeble hands to His. Our brains respond differently when we act that out, as silly as we might feel!
So, today, I pray that you would transfer the weight of worry over to our Creator who has the power to change things for us!