Worry is a symptom of a greater problem

June 1, 2009 0 comments

In my last post I asked, if we know worry does us no good, then why do we do it?

The answer is that worry is really a symptom of a greater problem. It is a faith problem. The passage I quoted before was from Matthew chapter 6. Take a look at the bigger context of that passage.

Matthew 6:25-33 25 “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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  26 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?  27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  30 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, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Emphasis added).

In that statement, “O you of little faith,” Jesus really summarizes the issue of worry. It is a faith deficiency. Notice it does not say you of NO faith, but you of LITTLE faith. The issue is a small faith, a faith that is lacking. You can look through the book of Matthew and see this is a theme (Matthew 8:26, 14:31, 16:8 ). Each time Jesus was speaking to His disciples. His disciples who left EVERYTHING to follow Him. These were people who had enough faith to trust Him with the big stuff, but when it came to the small stuff they did not have enough faith to trust Him. The issue of worry is really a symptom of a lack of faith (or a case of little faith). We worry about the stuff we want to control rather than handing those things over to Him.

So what do we do about our worry?

Verse 33 has the answer. Verses 31-32 say that the people who have no faith worry (that should be expected), BUT (that is a contrast, those, even those with a little faith should be different): 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Our problem is we are usually seeking our little kingdoms, and that is why we worry. We worry about controlling and furthering our little kingdoms. Jesus says, STOP worrying. He does not say learn to manage your worry better (He was never into sin management). He says stop. He does not simply say stop, He also says start. Stop worrying, and start seeking first God’s kingdom. That means start being about God’s business and stop worrying about all of your business. That means when things happen that are out of your control or that change your plans we stop asking, “how can I fix this?” and we start asking, “God how are you trying to further your kingdom through this?”

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