Worrying

 “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?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:25-34)

Three times in this short passage (verses 25 – 34), we are admonished not to worry. But how are we to understand what is meant by worrying? I like the following definition: Worry is a CONTINUING CONCERN about CONDITIONS over which we have no CONTROL! In other words, you can’t do a thing about it anyway! And here’s the rub: most people fear losing control of their lives, not real­izing that God actually controls all of our lives to the minutest details. Even the very hairs of our heads are numbered (Matthew 10:30).

I have no worry if God is my Savior and Friend. But I should worry much if God will be my ultimate Judge! My dear friend, place your faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God alone. He will not only be your Savior from sin and the coming wrath of God, but He will also gladly shoulder your worry, for He cares for you!

 Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

A Psalm of Hope

“…The word of the LORD is right, and all His work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.

“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.

“Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

“The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

“Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield: For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, just as we hope in You.”

(Psalm 33:4-12, 18-22)

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; Philippians 4:6

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