Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Have you ever heard that worry is a sin? No, it’s not one of the Ten Commandments, but worry and fear are a breach of trust in God. I’m not talking about being cautious or responsible planning. God wants us to plan, but not to worry. A book I read recently put it like this:
“Worry is momentary atheism crying out for correction through trust in a loving and sovereign God.” The Goodness of God by Randy Alcorn.
Although, I’m not a natural worrier, I have struggled with this issue from time to time. God wants us to take our worry and our fearful thoughts to Him, so He can replace them with peace. But sometimes we hang onto the worry, thinking we can somehow control things, make things different, or impose our own agenda by worrying.
Have you ever noticed the things you worry about change over time? As God works out His plan and we follow, we learn answers to the questions we worried about. If what we feared does happen, we experience His peace in the hardship. Our worry didn’t change anything, and yet, when God takes care of one worry, we find another to take its place. Until worry itself becomes the end goal. What a waste of life to spend it absorbed in fear of things that haven’t happened yet.
Dear Lord, help me to give over everything in my life to Your will. Help me to pray through all my fears, trusting in Your goodness and Your plan. In Jesus’s name, amen.