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December 7

Matthew 6:25-34

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? 27 Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. 30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you—​you of little faith? 31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. — Matthew 6:25-34

The Battle Over Worry Can Be Won!

by Janet Waters
Brentwood Campus

Worry, anxiety, and depression. Have you ever been there?

I read about a man who constantly worried that someone was under his bed. It was so consuming that he spent a lot of money going to a counselor for months. Then one day he ran into the counselor on the street, and the counselor asked him why he'd stopped coming for treatment. The man replied, “I met a friend who gave me some good advice for free. It worked perfectly!” The counselor asked, “What did he say?” The man replied, “He told me to cut the legs of the bed down to ground level.”

Unhealthy worry can cripple us to the point of making us ineffective and unable to cope with life's challenges. It can lead to anxiety and depression. We worry over sickness, finances, family, unforeseen dangers, and many other things. Jesus spoke about the futility of worry and offered insights to help us.

  1. Understand that worry won't change anything. Ask God to change your thinking and to replace your worry with faith.
  2. Learn to live one day at a time. Trust God. He is a God who DAILY bears our burdens.
  3. Believe God will take care of your needs. We are more valuable to Him than birds or flowers. He knows our needs and is more than able to take care of them.
  4. Seek God first. This attitude helps place our hearts on loving God more than on having our material needs met. It also assures us that the things we worry about will be taken care of by Him.

Faith in Jesus will sustain us in every challenge we face. Put everything in the hands of God!

Praxis

  1. Don’t let the worries of tomorrow hinder your expectancy in God today.
  2. Jesus’ words are made effective through His finished work on the cross and by the power of His resurrection.
Thoughts taken from: Palitha Jayasoorya: Pastor from Sri Lanka, April 22, 2017