Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 6: 25 – 34
Some days, it’s hard not to worry, isn’t it? We worry about what we’re going to eat for dinner that night. We worry about what dress we’re going to wear to that party that won’t make us look fat and frumpy. We worry about finances, our children, our parents, our spouses… we worry a lot.
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus Himself is talking, and He commands us not to worry. Ouch. But, God, it’s part of my nature. It’s who I am. If I don’t worry about this, how can I get through my day?
God promises to take care of us. He tells us to look at the birds. They don’t plant gardens or build houses, yet He takes care of each one of them. Aren’t we better than the birds? (We ARE! We were made in His image, and that makes us far better than any creature on this earth. We can trust He will take care of us.)
When we worry about things that are out of our control, or things that don’t really matter in the scheme of things, all we are doing is wasting what precious time God has given us.
There’s a quote I’ve seen going around the internet that says, “Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good.” That is SO true.
The next time you start worrying about why the weight won’t come off as fast as you like, or why you can’t get into that “goal” dress yet, stop and remember these verses. The Master loves you, He has promised to take care of you, and He will always be there for you. Allow things to happen in HIS time, and don’t worry if they don’t happen as quickly as you think they should. (We’ve all been known to be wrong about things now and then.)
Verse 33 is what really matters in the scheme of life, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” We are called to seek Him – to run to Him – to serve Him. To lay up treasures in heaven, and not here on earth.
Let’s make a pact to stop worrying about things – no worrying about our weight, our clothes, the stress in our life – instead, let’s give Him the glory in everything and trust He has our needs already taken care of.
1. Are you a worrier by nature? What do you do when you worry? Eat, get angry, cry, lash out?
2. Are you willing to quit worrying and put everything in God’s hands? What can help you do that?
Exercise at least 30 minutes and drink 8 glasses of water.