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Get Behind Me Worry

Matthew 6:25-34

Verse 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

As we continue down our list of things to cease from we come to one that plagues each of us at one point or another and seems to rule some lives. Let’s look at worry and anxiety.

Even if we aren’t someone that is a “worrywart” we can all name at least one person in our lives that is. But God’s command to keep Sabbath isn’t just about those that are consumed by worry and anxiety but also those of us that worry at various times in life. There are so many things that come up in life that bring concern. There are things like what could happen to our kids, the issues that arise in our world, job loss, or that the tests the doctors performed could reveal the big C. There are plenty of things that can raise our blood pressure but God calls us to cease from it. To keep Sabbath is to cease from worry. But how?

Jesus said in His sermon on the mount that it is a choice. We have to choose not to worry. I know, it doesn’t sound like it could really be that easy. Well, it isn’t just an empty choice to stop worrying, there is an added facet to the decision. Jesus knew that we need to see the root problem that is causing the worry – distrust of the Father. Yes, the root of worry and anxiety comes from not having God in a certain place in our minds.

Jesus started listing the various things that don’t take concern with what they will eat or where they will live. He points out how even Solomon in all his rich splendor could not compare with the beauty God gave the flowers of the field. If God gives all the flowers of the field and the birds of the air all they need to eat, drink and wear why would He not do at least that much for us, His children?

Then Jesus points out that the pagans chase after all these things in life and then in the end of that sentence He drops the bare truth, “…and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” To worry about things is really just saying you don’t think that God can handle your needs or doesn’t know about them. In other words that He isn’t really all He says He is. But we know better than that. God is exactly who He says He is. He does set some conditions. He wants us to seek His kingdom first and His righteousness and He will provide all your needs. And since He will provide all our needs we don’t need to worry. We need to cease worry and rest in the knowledge of who our God is.

Making It Personal

What causes you to worry the most? Why does that worry you so much? Why can’t you trust God in this area of your life?

Making It Personal Kids

What does worry look like? Do you ever worry about something? What does it mean to trust God?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for Your constant care and providing for us. Please remind us that worry is a sin and that we have no reason not to trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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