God’s Answer for Worry - A Kingdom of Heaven Principle
Worry, worry, worry. Don’t we all worry to some extent? Jesus teaches us that we can’t add an inch to our height or add an hour to our day by worrying. Since worrying is wasted energy, he tells us not to worry. But if we don’t worry, who will, right?
What was the answer Jesus provided for worry? It is found in the “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 6:33. “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." NKJV
Seek him and his interests first, before we seek our interests? Yes. He was explaining a principle of his kingdom. True, it is not common sense. It is kingdom sense. It is one of the paradoxes of the kingdom of heaven.
He was teaching kingdom priorities. Such as, don’t let our life be our chief concern. Don’t let our child’s life be our chief concern. Don’t let tomorrow be our chief concern.
The more we seek his kingdom the more we will get to know him. The more we get to know him the more we will trust him. When we worry we are saying:
God is not concerned enough
He doesn’t care
He is not able to provide for us
He is not who he says he is (that is the most troubling)
The Bible can be just so many words. But, when we seek him first, he opens our eyes to the truths that are in his word.
Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” NKJV As we live in his word, marinate in his word, we will come to know the truth and that truth will bring freedom to our lives, even freedom from worry. And, we will know the truth:
Truth about tomorrow
Truth about his provision for our needs
Truth about his trustworthiness
Truth about his love for us
Be bold. Be audacious. Take him at his word and choose to not worry. Choose to believe him. It might seem like crazy faith, but his incomprehensible peace will guard your heart and mind. Let’s participate fully as his people, and he will take care of all our concerns.
Take an envelope and label it “God Cares”. On a slip of paper choose one concern and write it down. Tell God you are giving him that problem to take care of, place it in the envelope and set it aside somewhere. When that problem comes to mind (however many times a day it comes) go to the envelope and decide whether you will take that problem out and worry about it yourself, or you will leave it in the envelope for God’s care.
I will leave you with on more scripture reference to marinate in - Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” NKJV