Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious 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? (Matthew 6:25)
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
(Corrie ten Boom, Clippings from My Notebook).
Worry can be quite a pastime for many of us. I’ve even known some people who are worried that they don’t have anything to worry about, if that makes any sense. Worrying can become a big part of our lives and the more complex our lives become, seemingly the more we have to worry about.
Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the subject of money and that is a subject which can often cause anxiety, whether we have money or not.
Jesus has been encouraging us to take our gaze off this world and look to the kingdom of God. The more we focus on the here and now the more we will get wrapped up in this world. Jesus is very much talking about the everyday cares of life; what we eat and what we drink and what we have to wear. He is saying that life is so much more important than the mundane and the everyday worries of life. If we change our gaze towards God we will see a father who is loving and kind, whose every instinct is to provide for His children, who has called us to a purpose and who will give us the tools to achieve that purpose.
If you are a person who worries too much, I would suggest your gaze is in the wrong place. In my own life, the more I pray, worship, read my bible and seek God for who He is, the more content I am and the less anxious I tend to be. I also have my gaze lifted away from the cares of life and get excited about the many possibilities God has given me. When I focus on God, I get real purpose for my life and an excitement about what God can do with me.
Even this week, I have felt anxious. We all do at some point. I am doing a new job and it is very different to anything I have done before and every day has new challenges and opportunities for fear. But I can testify that when I have given these fears over to God, He has brought amazing peace to me. He will do exactly the same for you.
We will spend quite a few weeks on this issue and look at different aspects of this very important subject. If you have any examples of God helping you in this area, why not leave them in the comments to encourage us all.
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)