Do you ever worry about stuff? That’s probably a silly question. Sometimes it feels like it’s almost impossible not to worry about things, even though we know we shouldn’t.
Did you know that Jesus talked about worrying? I know what you’re thinking–Jesus is God’s Son, what did He ever have to worry about? Well, have you ever considered the fact that he was a homeless wanderer? That He didn’t have a steady job for the years that He spent preaching? That means that He had no income, no savings, and no way to even buy food or clothes for Himself. If anybody was in a position to worry about life, Jesus was.
But He didn’t. Check out how He encouraged others not to worry:
“I’m telling you, don’t worry about your life. Don’t worry about what you’ll eat or drink, don’t worry about what clothes you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds–they don’t plant seeds or reap a harvest of food, but God feeds them. Are you not more valuable than birds? And which one of you by being anxious can add a single hour to your life? Why are you worrying about clothes? Consider the flowers in the fields, how they grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves, yet I tell you, even King Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as one of these. Therefore, if God dresses grass, which is alive today and dead tomorrow, don’t you think He will be much more likely to clothe you, you person with little faith? So don’t worry about what you will eat or drink or wear. For the unsaved seek after these things, and God knows that you need them all. But you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and He will then give all these things to you.”
(paraphrase of Matthew 6:25-33)
When you trust God to take care of your needs, you have a lot more energy to devote to pursuing Him. Jesus says we are really having almost no faith in God if we don’t trust Him with all our worries. What do you need to give to Him today?