Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof. – Matthew 6:25-34
Worry – Webster defines worry as this – to afflict with mental distress or agitation : make anxious. In all actuality, worry could be defined in two simple words – little faith. I don’t know about you, but I am a real planner – I like to plan things out and make sure it’s all going to work and if I can’t figure out how it’s going to work, then I become frustrated to the point that, sadly I begin to worry about how it’s going to work out and I let it consume me. Too often now, I get to the “worry stage,” and it is then the Lord always reminds me that in actuality worry is sin – it causes me to lean on myself too much and not have faith that God will provide and take care of it for me. Once I confess, give my worry over to the Lord, I sit back and think about what I was worrying about, and often they are things I could never have changed anyway. I also find that usually, the Lord “fixes” those things that I couldn’t figure out how to make work in less time than I spent worrying about them. The Lord uses this passage in my life (a lot) to gently remind me that if He takes care of the flowers and birds, surely He will take care of me; and He doesn’t just care for me, but, “my Heavenly Father knoweth that I have need of all of these things.” I don’t have to worry about tomorrow, all I have to do is seek FIRST the kingdom of God and these other “worries” will be taken care of. I don’t know what you are worrying about today – maybe finances, a job, a child, a doctor’s appointment, whatever it may be – claim these verses, hold them close to your heart, wrap your thoughts around them, and know He cares for you and that heartache, that is so real to you, more than you ever could – give it over to Him and watch Him work in your life in ways you never thought possible!