Originally part of the blog post “Worry is so last season”
So I’m obsessive when it comes to what I think about. When I face a problem, it consumes me. A good example of this would be when my analysis method for one of my experiments wouldn’t work and for three weeks it ate me up whole spitting out a bone every now and then. It pulled me down and I couldn’t even enjoy my birthday because I was so nervous and obsessing about what I could do different to make the analysis work. I ended up having a nervous breakdown…
Mat 6:31 “So don’t ever worry by saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’
Mat 6:32 because it is the gentiles who are eager for all those things. Surely your heavenly Father knows that you need all of them!
Mat 6:33 But first be concerned about God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be provided for you as well.
Mat 6:34 So never worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
The beauty comes in verse 32 where He says “surely your heavenly father knows that you need all of them!” This is so encouraging because I don’t have to feel foolish for paying attention to what needs to be done every day like study, get dressed pay some bills, analyse some experimental data, my father knows these things need to happen and He doesn’t minimise their importance. He minimizes their value in terms of taking up emotional and mental space in my life. Someone who doesn’t believe in God cannot stop thinking and fretting about tomorrow because they don’t know if their best efforts will be enough because they do not have a God, who cares for everything on earth, especially his children. If you’ve done what you can, stop there and don’t concern yourself further with it, God will take care of it.
Rather think upon the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Isn’t that just a bargain! I trade in my worries, which are in any case useless, for the Kingdom! And that is what God wants, it pleases Him! Sometimes we might feel that we aren’t being very responsible if we don’t take up every worry and continuously fret about all that needs to be looked after, but here God is requesting that we give it up after we’ve tried and that we don’t look back, or ahead for that matter; “tomorrow will worry about itself” God specifically says that we must only do what we can today, if we try to do everything for let’s say the next week, we will find ourselves worrying again. We are not in control, we can only manage today and we have to let each day’s successes build up so that we may have more confidence in our Christ given abilities to live each day with conviction and power to overcome and achieve all that this world throws at us and to be more reliant on His providence.
God takes pleasure in a soul that finds its rest and his dependence in Him, what we must remember is that even though we “toil” for all these things that need to get done, when they do get taken care of, it is still a gift from God and not the product of our hard work. So worrying only steals precious ‘kingdom’ time from me, and God knows I need my ‘kingdom’ time to keep my head on straight! J