It recently occurred to me that there is a disconnect between the things I think and worry about and what Jesus has said in His Word. I worry about the dwindling savings, about retirement, about the future of my boys, and a host of other concerns. These are all things the world tells me I need to be concerned about. But what did Jesus say?
Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ ~Matthew 6:25-31
So, it’s pretty simple, really. I’m worrying about tomorrow and the next day and the next. Jesus, the Lord of my life, asked me not to. I need to stop. The facts are simple, cut and dried.
But when I actually need to do what I know I need to do? Well, that’s not so simple. As always, let us look to Scripture for guidance.
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” ~Psalm 119:105
One of my favorite things about God is that He doesn’t just tell us to do something and then leave us alone to figure out how. He gives us all that we need in His Holy Word.
Here are some verses we can meditate upon to encourage us in our walk of faith:
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~John 14:27
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. ~Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. ~1 John 4:4
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. ~John 16:33
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? ~Psalm 27:1
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~Jeremiah 29:11
God has made it pretty clear that we have no reason at all to worry. He has provided for us all that we need ~ in Him!
Lord, today my prayer is that I would not worry about the things the world tells me to, but that I would put all of my faith, hope, and trust into what You have said. Help me to not just read these verses, but to believe them to the core. I ask that Your Holy Spirit would bring these truths to life in my heart and my soul. Help me not to just know these truths with my mind, but to live them out in my life. Thank You for the promises You have given me. Please help me to believe them! In the precious name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
Do you have a favorite verse that helps you when you worry? Which of verses above speak to you the most?
This post first appeared on Simply Jesus Ministries and was shared on Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth, Tell His Story, Holley Gerth, 7 Days Time, Graced Simplicity, Sandra Heska King, and Simply Beth.
*All Scripture verses are from the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.