In Matthew 6:25-34, we see Jesus telling his followers not to worry.
Why? What’s so bad about worrying?
Worrying is the opposite of faith! (For more on this, check out Part 1.)
But there’s something else we need to know about worrying.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Matt 6:25
WORRY CAUSES US TO LOSE PERSPECTIVE
In Matt 6:25, Jesus makes an important point: life is more than food. In other words, often the issue we’re focused on or the situation we’re worrying over is small in comparison to the big picture. It may seem like a big deal right now, but in the grand scheme of things, that conflict at work, that cancer diagnosis, and those unpaid bills are all tiny little threads in the magnificent tapestry of life. And what seems huge and insurmountable to us is all possible for God. It’s not that God doesn’t care about the “little” things that concern us; He DOES! It’s just that God doesn’t wring His hands over them. He sees. He knows. And He’s got a plan. He’s got it handled. He’s not surprised or worried, so we shouldn’t be either.
See, when we worry, we focus on one issue or situation until it becomes much bigger and scarier than it should be. It’s not the size of the problem that counts, anyway; it’s the power to overcome that matters. It reminds me of when Jesus came to His disciples in the middle of a lake, walking on water. Amidst the storm’s swamping waves, despite the sinking boat, Jesus said, “Take courage. It is I! Don’t be afraid.” In other words, “Hey guys! Don’t worry about this storm! I’m here! And that’s all the matters.”
Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. There are many things in our lives that tempt us to worry. But Jesus reminds us to stay focused on our purpose of living for Him. Worry distracts and drains us, preventing us from being effective for His kingdom. Worry also skews our perspective, making the problem seem like a menacing giant and God like an impotent afterthought.
As Jesus-followers, we are set free from worry; we are liberated to live faith-filled lives. God’s Spirit living inside us enables us to set our sights on the God who overcomes instead of the issue that threatens.