So I’m back after a week and a half long hiatus, and I have for you an extra special weekly verse because this passage happens to be my very favorite!
“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? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” -Matthew 6:25-34 // NIV Translation
Wow so I know this is kind of a long section of verses, but it conveys a strong message, and especially with finals coming up and the pressure to succeed in terms of grades weighing down on your shoulders, I thought this would be the perfect verse to discuss. The definition of worry means to literally give way to anxiety or unease. And when you think about it in those terms worry seems a lot like giving up and surrendering yourself to something that’s only going to tear you apart. Instead we need to be surrendering ourselves to the Lord. God isn’t going to let us down. He’s not going to abandon you, or forget about your needs. However, you first must seek Him and his kingdom. If you don’t surrender yourself to God how can He possibly help you?
The passage also talks about how the birds and the flowers are provided with what they need. If God cares enough about a small flower growing in the middle of a meadow, He will surely care and provide for you, a human with the capacity to love and live out His word. As verse 27 states, worrying will neither add an hour to your life or solve your problems. Why spend your time doing something that is only counteracting your ability to accomplish tasks.
Finally the passage states that it is pointless to worry about tomorrow when tomorrow will have enough worry of its own. Worry is a natural emotion, and while it is okay to express it you cannot let it consume you or hinder your capability to function normally. So instead of giving way to anxiety or unease, give way to God and let his love and peace fill you up.
Thanks so much for reading and have blessed day (I promise I will not skip out on posting like I did last week)! -Jordan