Worry is defined as: verb – give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. noun – a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.
There are lots of things that people worry about. You can make your own list. Before I go any farther, let me make sure you understand that I’m not talking about folks who suffer with anxiety or panic attacks, or those who are suffering from grief. Those are completely different from what I’m talking about. Just wanted to get that out of the way. But, what I am talking about is the little things that gnaw at us, that constantly are on our minds. The things that take away our peace. Jesus said in Matthew 6:27 – “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” NIV One of Jesus’ primary objectives here on earth was to direct our eyes away from the things that we don’t have any control over and to focus them on the one who has all the control – God.
In Matthew 6:25-34 – Jesus tells us not to worry about the needs that God promises to supply to us. Worry can cause health problems. Worry can cause what it is we’re worrying about to dominate our thoughts which takes our focus off whom it should be on, God. Worry can disrupt our ability to be productive. Worry can affect the way we treat others, often negatively. Worry can also affect our trust in God. There’s nothing wrong with being concerned about something. Concern leads us to act, but worry immobilizes us.
So, what do we do? Jesus gives us the answer in verse 33 – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” NIV Fill your thoughts with God’s desires, serve and obey him in everything you do.
What’s really important to you? Many things like people, things, and goals compete for the top spot in our thoughts. Any of those can easily bump God out of the place he belongs in our list of priorities, the top. Every day we have a choice to make. Will we put God first in every area of our life or not? Doing so will take care of much of the worry in our lives.