Dr. Dennis Demuth Superintendent
Have you ever been concerned about anything? Has this concern become a worry?
Jesus addresses concerns and worries in Matthew 6:25-34. He covers the major areas of concern – food, clothing and shelter, the three necessities of life. He considers worry as a sin, something that we are not to allow into our life.
Usually, worry begins with a question, “Where am I going to get gas money?” For young people it might be a question regarding, “What is Johnny thinking about me?” “What will happen to me if my parents get a divorce?” “How come I can’t seem to fit in?” “How can I ever learn this math?” “Am I going to be able to attend college?”
Look at any newspaper, magazine, or listen to any news broadcast and you will find stress-causers all fueled by worry.
Worry is a universal response to the pressure or circumstances of an uncertain future. Worry always questions, “What if?” It has been said that “worry burns up energy, stretches emotions, disturbs peace and robs a person of contentment. If unchecked, worry may have a very detrimental effect on the physical body as well. Worry is defined as fretting, anxiety, care, or excessive concern. It expects the worst and awaits catastrophes. Worry sees obstacles in every opportunity; problems in every possibility; risks in every reach; chance in every challenge; danger in every dare and peril in every potential.” The progression of worry is fear.
All of these are “designed by Satan to produce stress, strain and death.” (Kenneth Copeland - KC)
Jesus Addresses the Issue of Worry
In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus attaches worry to man’s desire for security outside of dependence on God. He concludes:
“So don’t worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans
run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and 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.” (Matt. 6:31-34, NIV)
Worrying is not an option for a Christian, as “if we are free to worry if we want to.” (KC)
Cast Your Cares on God
What are you supposed to do with all the concerns you have about your problems “In 1 Peter 5:7, God says you should ‘cast them all upon Him.’ All. Not 75 percent of them. Not all of them but the ones about your kids. All of them!”
Further Actions to Take
Rather than being preoccupied with material things we need to base our actions on verse 33 that tells us to seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
We know that as we follow this command, God has pledged himself with a covenant of faithfulness to respond – “all these things shall be added to you.”
1. We must not allow material goods to set our emotional and spiritual tone. We need to keep our eyes on God as our provider rather than the abundance of wealth and ability; and set our heart on eternal promises which help in allowing the invisible force of our faith to be released for provision.
2. It is the release of faith in God’s Word and His provision (rather than worry) and our trust in His care for each of us that brings us through present worrisome situations. These actions allow us to face our problem or financial situation squarely and not worry – even when we see no immediate change.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose…Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:28,37)