The Problem: Worry The Solution: Jesus Christ

By Alan Kitay Let’s be honest, we all have problems. We all have some “issues” that we have to deal with on a day to day basis. And sometimes things do not go the way that we plan. Sometimes we get an unexpected “curve ball” and we don’t know what to do. This is the process that we call Life. But, while we cannot always choose the issues that we have to deal with, we can choose how we will deal with those issues. We can either be victims or we can be conquerors; no, actually, we can be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) and we do not have to worry or be anxious about our lives. In the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 6:25- 34, Jesus says to his hearers, “For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” Jesus then goes on to give five reasons why believers should not worry about their daily lives. 1. We don’t need to worry. God is perfectly capable of supplying everything we need. If He takes care of the birds, then, surely, He will take care of us, since we are more precious to Him than the birds. 2. Worry doesn’t accomplish anything. Jesus tells us that we cannot add a single day to our life by worrying-nor can we make ourselves more secure or happier or whatever by worrying). 3. Constant worry indicates we don’t really believe in the sovereignty of God; we don’t trust His power and His care for us. If we are in God’s hands, then what can really harm us? 4. Constant worry means we don’t have our priorities straight. Jesus tells us, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be provided you.” If we fill our minds with thoughts of God’s grace revealed in our Lord Jesus Christ, there won’t be any room for worry. 5. Live one day at a time. Don’t borrow trouble by worrying about tomorrow, when we do not know if we will even have tomorrow. Today is God’s gift. Use it. Cherish it. So then, if worry is unnecessary and illogical, what is God’s solution for worry? Jesus says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Notice that the solution for worry and the promise for provision are the same: Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Many Christians are not getting some of their basic needs met because they are in violation of this basic principle: God is not #I in their life. They are not seeking after God to get to know Him better. They have not entered into a true personal relationship with Him. They have not fully surrendered their lives into His hands so that He can place them into His perfect will and plan for their lives. Jesus could not have put it more perfectly or more succinctly. If we can really grab a hold of this principle and get it worked into our mindset and way of thinking, then we can achieve what the last part of this verse is trying to tell us to do - and that is to not worry about our life and what tomorrow may bring because we now know that God has every little detail of our life held perfectly in His hands. Wow! What a concept.