Why Are You Worrying?
How are we going to pay this bill?
What can I do to keep my child from making that poor decision?
How will we make it through this scary health diagnosis?
Worry comes at us in a variety of ways, through a variety of circumstances, and none of us are immune. Worry pops up when we least expect it. Large and small problems threaten to steal our peace and distract us from seeing God's hand on our lives and our situation.
Reading: Luke 12:22-34
Trusting God is difficult to do when our hearts and minds are consumed with worry. Worry divides our hearts and mind. It divides our faith and our doubt. Worry is that clear crossroad in our situation that beckons us to choose to trust God or not. Which will you choose?
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Will we choose to go with what we KNOW or what we see? Will we choose to look at our worry with eyes of faith or with eyes that doubt?
Wherever you are in this choice, let us look to Jesus for direction and guidance for our choice.
Three Questions To Ask When You Are Worrying
Where is your focus? When we focus on food, when we focus on clothing, when we focus on the object of our worry, we are missing out on the biggest blessings life has to offer. Jesus tells us that life is MORE than food, and the body is MORE than clothing. What else does life hold for you? The blessing of loved ones around us? The blessing of what He has already provided? The blessing of looking at our situations through eyes of faith and seeing His magnificent hand on our situation.
What do you gain by worrying? Jesus tells us that we can not even add a single moment to our lifespan. Some things are far beyond our control or ability to fix, but they are not beyond God's. We do not have to shoulder the weight of our worry. We are invited and encouraged to pass along that weight to God! In exchange for passing that weight to Him, He will give us peace. He will give us a right perspective.
Do we trust that our Heavenly Father cares for us? Our Heavenly Father created us. He has taken an interest in our lives. He has cared about us since He held our form in His hands as He created us. He cares about us now, in our present. He cares about us into the future as well. If you look at the Bible, you will see how God cared for the past, the present, and the future. Why would we be any different? He cares about the intimate details of our lives that we are too embarrassed or ashamed to even mention. He knows about all the needs we have, even the ones we can not name. He cares about the big and small problems of our lives.
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God cares about the ravens and He feeds them. He cares that the lilies and grass are clothed and He clothes them. He puts such care into all of creation, why would we think that we would be any different? Why would we think that we are less than the rest of creation? God cares about us. Do we trust that He will provide for us in the same way that He has provided for the ravens, the lilies, the grass, and the rest of creation?
What can we be doing instead of worrying?
Instead of worrying, we can seek His Kingdom (Luke 12:31). We can turn our thoughts to Philippians 4:8-9. We can consider all the ways that God has taken care of us until now. We can consider our blessings, our reasons for praise and worship, and all of the prayers that God has answered in the past. We can look around us, notice something beautiful and lovely and praise God for every minute detail that went into that beauty. We can ask that God would open our eyes to all the things we have taken for granted. Seek His Kingdom. Notice the work of His magnificent hands. Praise Him. Thank Him. Worship Him. Through all of this, we will gain a new perspective and we will also discover a measure of peace.
Don't Fear. Do Trust. (Luke 12:32) Consult the Bible. In the Bible, which characters chose to trust more than they feared? What were the outcomes of their situations? Challenge yourself to lay your worries in God's capable hands and to leave them there. Pray that your faith is increased. Pray for wisdom with whatever you are facing. Trust God with the outcome.
Consider gratitude. (Luke 12:34) The list of the reasons to be thankful is an unending list. By the time you get to the end of your list, it is likely that you will find a million more reasons to find gratitude. Make your own list. Count your blessings. Notice the times that God provided. Notice the ways that God pays attention to the minute details. Consider how God has paid attention to the minute details of your life. Let your thankfulness and gratitude turn into praise. Let that praise turn into worship. Let that worship turn into peace, faith, and trust.
God is so faithful. Let us take every opportunity to acknowledge that!