Thursday, November 16
From the time sin entered the world, worry has abounded. We all worry, some more than others. For many of us, worry is a constant reality; not a day goes by without being plagued by it. Did you know that God has a clear answer to that, that it’s possible to be free from worry? Start by reading Mt. 6:25-34. Then take note of v. 33. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well.” The context of this is concern about our daily needs, food, clothing, et al., and more specifically, our worrying about it. “All these things” is referring to basic needs, nothing more. But that raises some issues. What we call “needs” may not be what God calls “needs.” Paul says in Phil. 4:12 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.” Both the previous and following verses reveal that God was teaching Paul something. From God’s perspective being in need was itself a need. It caused Paul to learn that God was sufficient under any circumstance. That meant that he could be content—whether in need or abounding. Now pause a minute to reflect on the “circumstances” that Paul found himself in. None of us will go through one per cent of what he went through. Yet he learned contentment. That’s available to us, too. All we have to do is put God first. When we do that, God will take care of the “worry” part. And that is exactly what Jesus was teaching in Mt. 6. Paul learned this. Relying on God brings contentment and eradicates worry. So when you find yourself worrying about something today, know that God is wanting to teach you the same thing he taught Paul.