Overcoming Worry

Jesus said, "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 life more than meat, and the body more than raiment?" (Matthew 6:25).

"... 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" (Matthew 6:32b-33).

Jesus is not saying we should not be concerned about important things in life. He was deeply concerned about the lost state of man. At times, He was moved with compassion and wept over Jerusalem.

Jesus is saying, "Do not be concerned over the necessities of life: food, shelter, and raiment, I will provide." He is saying, "Do not worry about things in which you have no control."

Someone has estimated that 40% of the things we worry about never happen; and 30% have already happened. Twelve per cent are needless health worries, 10% about petty things, and that 8% are real cause for concern.

The Bible tells us to take our concerns to God in prayer and not be anxious (Philippians 4:6). All of us have made mistakes in the past. We should ask God's forgiveness and accept it, then forget the past, not dwell upon it and let it haunt us. God forgives and forgets (Hebrews 8:12).

Paul said, "this one thing I do: forgetting those things that are behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead" (Philippians 3:13).

Jesus concluded, "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 6:34).

Roy Dunavin

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR

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