Why do we worry?

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“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:31-33

Modern life is a life of many worries.  We worry about our finances, our jobs, our children, our health, our sanity, the international situation, the economy, crime…

Is this what Jesus taught us to do?  Obviously not.

It isn’t easy for us to get the hang of thinking the way Jesus taught; don’t worry, seek God’s kingdom and righteousness instead; it’s entirely counterintuitive.  Yet, it is what He taught us to do.  The key to this is what we seek, not what our concerns are.  If we spend out time worrying about everything that there is to worry about, what else will we have time for?  If we are caught up in the worries of any given day, could we possibly be seeking His kingdom or His righteousness?  Here’s a hint:

For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Romans 4:3

Abraham believed God; do you believe His Son?  If you answer “yes” to that question, you will not worry and you will be righteous in God’s sight.  If we believe Jesus, we will be doing the things He taught us to do, which are all about making disciples and building His kingdom.  If that is our situation, not only will we not have time to worry about the day-to-day things, we will also have no cause to worry, for God will provide us with our necessities, for He keeps His promises.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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