Trust God More, Worry Less

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"I tell you not to worry about everyday life." - Matthew 6:25

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), Americans are more prone to anxiety than people in other nations. The study revealed that 31% of Americans suffer from this disorder at some point in their lifetime. The chief culprits that lead to this anxiety are money, work, and the pressures to achieve and succeed. According to the study, Americans’ anxiety is 5 times higher than that of people in third world nations.

Long before the WHO collected data and came to their conclusions, Jesus already knew that the human heart was prone to anxiety and worry. So, on the Galilean hillside, in a powerful sermon, Jesus gave several reasons why it was irrational for His followers to live in submission to worry and anxiety.

According to Jesus, worry is irrational because life is more than food and clothing (vs. 6:25), God knows and meets His children’s needs (vs. 26), worry doesn’t accomplish anything (vs. 27), and worry is godless (vs. 32). Jesus’ teaching combats the error that denies God’s care and love by supposing that we can establish our own bright future by temporarily securing our own life's needs.

How can we begin to trust God more and worry less? First, by asking God to search our hearts for any anxious thoughts (Psalm 139:23). Second, by casting all our cares upon God (Psalm 55:22). Third, by trusting that our heavenly Father knows our needs and will care for us (Matthew 6:32); and finally, by knowing that His steadfast love will uphold us and His consolation will encourage our hearts (Psalm 94:18-19).

We should live God-centered and Spirit-empowered lives! (Matthew 6:33; Romans 8:6) When we trust God in our anxiety, our lives will exhibit the blessing and hope that only He can provide.

What causes you to get anxious? Can you give this to the Lord, so that you can begin to worry less and trust God more?

Prayer: 
Blessed Savior, we worry so much about things which You already have in Your hands. Help us to trust You more. Amen.
Date: 
Aug 1 2018