Worry and anxiety are unnatural and unspiritual {Matthew 6:25-34}

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Do not Worry

Matthew 6:25-34    “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more 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?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

In this life we can lose focus on what truly matters. We get lost on the things that really don't count.
In this chapter Jesus mentions two: food and clothing, but there are many more out there: going to the right school, having a nice car and a house, having a good bank account, good fame and reputation, admiration of people for the lives we live, etc.

"If our aim in life is to get material gain, it will mean darkness within. But if our outlook is to serve and glorify God, there will be light within."

Living in Africa has opened my eyes to the true meaning of "needs" in life.

It has made me understand that there is far more to my life than the food I put in my stomach, more that the outer appearance than the clothes I hang on my body.

I've been to remote villages. Where people live in muddy houses, there's not running water nor electricity...they use pit latrines. Still I see happy, joyful people. Friendly smiles and warm hugs.
It makes me put things in perspective. Makes me realize how many of the things "I need" I don't really need...how happy people can be with the basic, basic stuff.

Worry and anxiety are unnatural and unspiritual

"Jesus said that worry is sinful. We may dignify worry by calling it by other name - concern, burner a cross to bear-but the results are still the same. Instead of helping us live longer, anxiety only makes life shorter (Matt. 6:27)"

Reasons not to worry

The same God who created life in me can be trusted with all the details {even the small ones} of my life.

He upholds all things.
He governs all events.
He directs everything to its appointed end.
He does this all the time and in every circumstance.
He does it always for His own glory

Acts 17:28 “in him we live and move and have our being”

Colossians 1:17 “in him all things hold together”

Hebrews 1:3 “He upholds the universe by the word of his power”

Proverbs 16:9 “The heart of man plans his way but the Lord establishes his steps”

Psalm 115:3, “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases”

Worrying about the future only drains the strength I need for today.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. Corrie Ten Boom

Worrying is more harmful than helpful. Worry is an exercise in futility

Worry is a pointless exercise because it cannot achieve anything. It cannot add one cubit (18 inches) to our life –span. (6,27)

God does never ignore those who depend on Him. We need to learn to trust Him.

"The more mature in the faith we are, the bigger God will be for us. As our vision of God becomes clearer and we understand his enormity, we learn to rest in him. We grow in our ability to depend completely on him and know that with a God as competent as the God we find in the pages of Scripture, the universe in which we find ourselves is truly a safe place for us."- Kenneth Boa

Worry is a demonstration of faithlessness and our lack of understanding of God.

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.  2 Corinthians 13:5  

Worrying keeps us busy from pursuing the real challenges God has in store for us.

“Worry is like a rocking chair-it keeps you busy but gets you nowhere.”― Katie Dale, Someone Else's Life

Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry.

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. - Psalm 90:12

Today I pray that instead of worrying may I start meditating more on His goodness and how He provides for me, as He provides for the birds and the flowers.
I won't allow anything, any to distract me from seeking Him and His purpose. I don't want to be so busy that I cannot focus on the things that do really matter!

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