Not To Worry
August 11, 2020
Read Matthew 6: 33-34
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
How do you handle worry and stress? How do you set priorities? Is there anything troubling you right now that you need to give to God?
I like to plan ahead. Planners and checklists are some of my favorite possessions. I like to make sure that we have all of our bases covered and everything in order. There isn’t anything wrong with planning ahead, in fact, it is wise. In Proverbs 6: 6-8, Solomon warns his son against laziness and lack of forethought, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” The ant knows winter is coming, so it plans ahead and saves up the necessary provisions.
No, the problem is not that I like to plan ahead. The problem is that I often struggle with worry because I am looking too far ahead. I am not really planning at that point. Just stressing out. I am overwhelmed with the responsibilities on my plate for today, and I am worried about potential troubles for tomorrow.
Jesus is wisely telling us to set priorities. He is saying, “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness”. What does that mean? It means to pursue kingdom things, spiritual things, rather than earthly matters. Make your relationship with God, your number one priority. Seek to know Him and obey Him. Follow in His footsteps. Make Him the King of your life. If He is your King, your life is under His control. He is in charge, not you. So what do you need to worry about?
Jesus is also telling us to trust in His righteousness, not our own performance. I should only be trusting in Jesus’s work on the cross for my salvation. I cannot earn it, and once I have it, I cannot lose it. The most pressing matter-my eternity-has been taken care of. It is finished. My to-do list does not need to include items to ensure my eternal security. I do not have to worry about my life after I die!
Friends, Jesus says, do not worry. If you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, it’s one day at a time from there. He has it under control.
Jesus, I know that I worry about many things. Increase my faith and give me peace. Help me to concern myself with kingdom things and take everything one day at a time. Amen.