Do you worry? Worry is defined as a state of anxiety or unease in which one is allowing one’s mind to dwell on actual difficulty or potential troubles. Although I would not say that my life is characterized by worry I would have to admit that there are times when I worry about things that I shouldn’t. I was reminded today in God’s word that worry is indicative of me either having wrong priorities or the wrong perspective on certain matters. In Matthew 6:11 Jesus reminds us “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Sometimes we tend to value and prioritize earthly things over and above the things of God. Security in our jobs and companionship are good things to have. But sometimes people become so worried about losing or gaining these things that they are driven to make improper decisions and even seek out these things at the expense of their Christian values.
While jobs and relationships are important, worry over those things should never become a stumbling block between us and the Lord. When people allow their minds to dwell on actual difficulties or potential troubles pretty soon life is no longer joyful but it becomes miserable. Worry can drain an individual physically, emotionally and spiritually. In that same chapter in Matthew, Jesus reminds His followers in verses 19-34 not to be consumed with worry over the things of this earth. We are to trust that He who feeds the sparrows will take care of His children. He will provide everything you need in the right time and in the right way. He speaks to those who worry and promises “seek first His Kingdom first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”