Are you a worrier? Do you give time to playing the “what it” game? Some people worry for the sake of worrying, however, others worry about real day to day issues, like basic needs. God is very clear on His thoughts of worry in Matthew 6:25-34. He doesn’t just suggest we not worry, He commands us not to worry. He commands us because He knows when we worry we are dividing our attention between Him and another, which is a sin. Ouch! Did that step on anyone else’s toes or just mine?
Matthew 6:25 it says “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?” Therefore means “as a result.” When a verse starts out with the word “therefore” we need to look at the preceding verse to find the connection. Verse 24 says “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
If we choose to serve God, then we must put our full focus on Him and trust Him to meet all of our needs. He promises to in Philippians 4:19. When we put our focus on our needs rather than our God, we are attempting to serve two masters and God has clearly stated it isn’t possible. Our need becomes an idol and takes our attention away from God.
So where does worry come from? You don’t have to look far to find the culprit. Satan is trying to kill, steal, and destroy us [John 10:10]. He knows if he can cause us to shift our focus off of God he is one step closer to success. Worry goes hand and glove with fear. God says He didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-control [2 Timothy 1:7]. So if God didn’t give it to us, it has to be from the enemy. Do you see how this vicious cycle starts?
So what do you do when fear or worry come knocking at your door? Simple- send it to Jesus. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” You’re not going to gain a thing by worrying, but you stand to lose a lot. When worry comes knocking at your door, pass it to Jesus and watch what He does with it. It’s no match for Him. He will demolish it and give you a peace that surpasses all understanding [Philippians 4:7]. Now that’s what I call trading up!