Do not worry

January 6, 2009

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:25-34

To remember a conversation I had this morning, the passage I’m reflecting on tonight is from Matthew 6.  A reminder to chase after the things that matter and not to sweat the small stuff.

Faith does not come naturally to me.  Some people can say with great confidence that God will take care of things.  I am not one of those people.  I am a consummate worrier and need the reassurance of proof in order to continue to believe.  I don’t like the cognitive dissonance when theory doesn’t match empirical evidence.  (Another conversation over the weekend about how inteligence and religiosity doesn’t usually go hand in hand but that is a discussion for another day.)

“Do not worry” 

Over the years, the best reason not to worry that I have come up with is that Jesus’ blood has not failed me yet.  I can’t say that I’m able to go forth with bold confidence into the future, believing that it will be all rainbows and butterflies.  But reviewing God’s past performance, I can say that I’m willing to take the risk (and yes, I still view it as a risk) to “seek ye first the kingdom of God and it’s righteousness”.  Is that faith?  I don’t know.  Maybe it is just taking calculated risk.  Maybe it is just a lack of other viable/sensible alternatives.

Either way, at the very least I can agree with the statement that sufficient for the day is its own troubles.  And I think lilies are pretty.  🙂

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