25 “Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? — Matthew 6:25-26
by David Rodriguez
We’ve all had those times where we have had a feeling we can’t shake, those times where we are overwhelmed with worry. Sometimes it’s choices we have made or decisions we need to make. If left unchecked, worry can give birth to anxiety or even severe depression.
We need to be aware of the difference between concern and worry. Concern is healthy because it spurs us to action for something we should do. Worry, however, is us allowing our mind to dwell on a difficulty or trouble. The origin of the word “worry” means to “strangle” or to “choke.” This is exactly what it does to us.
Eleven times Jesus commands us to not worry—five times in the Sermon on the Mount alone. He compares us to the birds of the air who live day by day with no storehouse for possessions. He then points out, “Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?” As God’s children created in His image, we are obviously more valuable than birds—and yet we are the only creatures that worry. Worrying is a choice that is unnecessary, unhelpful, unhealthy, and most importantly, it is a sin we must stop practicing.
In Philippians 4:6-7 Paul shows us clear steps we should take to overcome worry. He says “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
My encouragement for you is to intentionally identify and offensively battle worry in your life so you may walk with the peace of God guarding your heart and mind at all times.
- Do you believe worry is a sin and a real problem or just a natural and acceptable part of life?
- What do you worry about most frequently?
- What is keeping you from trusting God’s goodness, sovereignty, and promises and fully casting this worry at His feet once and for all?
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