Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
Can I get an Amen!?
Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow and it is so easy, right?
Jesus tells us that tomorrow will worry about itself so let us focus on today and get through just today. But…that’s not hard right…?
Worry can be one of the most damaging components to our relationship with God.
First of all, worry is a sign of a lack of trust in God and yet many of us worry a great deal. In fact, many of us, myself included, could fill a book with all the things we have worried about.
Worry is so difficult to mitigate but also isn’t effective at accomplishing anything – yet we still worry.
I find myself worrying about high level things as well as more personal things.
Some high-level things I worry about what’s going to happen with our denomination after General Conference meets in February. My worry has ABSOLUTELY no impact on what is decided. None whatsoever – and yet I hold my proverbial breath to see what will be the future of our denomination. On one hand I know God is fully in control but on the other hand will it be what I want? So much anticipation and yes, worry.
I also find myself worrying about other things, more personal things on a daily and weekly basis. What if my sermon isn’t any good? What if I could have done more? What if did too much and wasn’t present enough for my family or conversely with my church?
Worry, Jesus reminds us before in verse 32: “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly father knows that you need them.” Jesus is reminding us that we need to seek God first, trust in God first, and seek his righteousness first.
Nothing good has come from worry. Our health is compromised from the stress, our relationships with our community suffers as we become agitated and distracted, and most importantly our relationship with our creator becomes an if/then relationship. If you do this, then I will believe/be happy/be content/not worry. That’s not a healthy relationship with our fellow brothers and sisters and that’s not a healthy relationship with God.
Pray: Gracious God, free us from worry through our faith in you and your unending grace, love, and mercy. Remind us daily of your love for us described throughout scripture as well as John 3:16 so that we may turn our worry into comfort in knowing who we serve and by whom we are saved.
Read: 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-12
Act: Practice the physical act of laying your worries at God’s feet. Practice the motions of pulling the worry out of your body and squat down or kneel down laying it at God’s feet – while telling yourself(some version of this) “I trust God in all things.” We believe what we tell ourselves and when was the last time you truly told yourself that.
Yourself: Do something that takes your mind off stress, worry, anxiety. I enjoy activities that require your attention or else you couldn’t do them. I also enjoy mindfulness activities and breathing exercises.
Rev. Lou Ward
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