“Worry is payment on a debt you may not owe.” I’m not sure who first said that, but I’ve repeated it often. Worry weighs us down and wears us out. And yet, sometimes we are overcome with worry, which leads to anxiety and fear and doubt.
Jesus knows of our proclivity to worry. And He offered a way to defeat it during the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. After listing a number of areas that people often worry about; food, clothing, shelter, death, Jesus offered the solution, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
When we worry our focus is inward, on ourselves. At its essence, worry is a selfish endeavor. It takes our eyes off what really matters. Remember the story of Peter walking on water during the storm. He was fine as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. But as soon as Peter began to look around and notice the waves and wind he began to sink. Sure, the sea was real and under his own strength Peter could very well have drowned. But he was not alone, yet he forgot where his focus truly belonged.
When we fix our attention on the things God has called us to do and trust Him to provide us with what we need to accomplish the work He has for us, we have no time or need for worry.
During Midday Prayer Time this week and next Monday I’ll be sharing from this portion of Matthew 6.
Mon 09/17 Matthew 6:24 – 25
Tue 09/18 Matthew 6:26 – 27
Wed 09/19 Matthew 6:28 – 29
Thu 09/20 Matthew 6:30
Fri 09/21 Matthew 6:31 – 32
Mon 09/24 Matthew 6:33 – 34
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