I worry. A lot. I worry about being a good parent. Being a good spouse. Being a good business partner. I worry about making enough money, maintaining job security, obtaining financial security. I worry about my health, and my family’s health. I worry about my son’s future and whether I have done enough to help place him on the right path. I worry about my faith, my future and my relationship with God.
Tonight, I read Matthew chapter 6:
“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 than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. 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 given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.
Do not worry about tomorrow. That is a wonderful idea, isn’t it? The Bible is filled with this idea. But is it possible? I struggle with this. I want to be able to do this, but how?
This passage seems to provide an answer: Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.
We worry about things on earth — things the pagans seek. Things that won’t matter in our eternal life. God. That is all we really need. That is all we need to seek. If we just focus on Him, what is there to worry about? Oh, I want to seek you Lord! I want to cast my worries aside and focus on you.
You are all powerful in heaven and on earth. Hallowed be your name! Let your Kingdom come. I pray that your will be done on earth and that I let go and let you take control. Give us this day our daily bread — and the acceptance to know that is all we need. Help me not to worry about tomorrow’s bread and instead to just seek you. Forgive me for the times I fail and the times I turn away from you. And help me to forgive others who fail me. Lead me away from temptation and when I stray, deliver me from evil, so that I may always return to you.