Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?

Matthew 6:32

It’s been said that worry is like a sitting a rocking chair—it gives you something to do, but doesn’t take you anywhere. Just like fear, worry can rob us of peace, sleep, and walking in complete trust in the Lord.

While I haven’t struggled with worrying on a daily basis, I do find that worry can sneak on me when I least expect it. I could watch the news and suddenly worry about my children. I can watch the stock market and rising prices/taxes and worry about losing my job. I can find myself in daily challenges of life and begin to worry that things aren’t going to work out.

Yet, worry in every form is torment for the believer. We are commanded to not be anxious…Jesus said in Matthew 6:32-34 “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Worry strikes right at our faith in God. We find ourselves not trusting in Him to take care of us, not believing in His promises, and not willing to accept that He is making all things work together for our good. To stay in a state of anxiousness will eventually rob us of hope in God and in our future.

If we find ourselves struggling with worry, we can do 2 things:
(1) Remember the goodness of God in the past, present, and what He promises for our future.
(2) Remember to obey His commandment in Philippians 4:6-8 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Can’t make me worry…


Dear Lord, I don’t want to worry, but it is tempting because of life’s circumstances. By the power of the Holy Spirit, I resist worrying and I will build my trust in You through prayer and Your word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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