Good evening, Willing Spirits!
I hope you had a delightful week last week and I pray this one will be even better by God‘s grace!
Last spring, I remember preparing for my exams and started thinking about how different it was going to be, because of Covid-19, which led me to think about whether they would be easier or harder now that they were online. The uncertainty and the idea of a foreign territory struck worry in me and I began overthinking; “what if grade boundaries are harsher?” “Have I revised enough?” “Will I be well on that day to take the exam?” These were not even a fraction of the questions that were swirling in my mind. Even after I completed them, I already started thinking about my results, praying to God that they would be good. The common emotion in all of this was: worry.
Worry, by definition, means to “feel or cause to feel anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems“. The idea that we can feel troubled about “potential problems”, demonstrates how strong this emotion is. So strong that the bible states that it ‘…weighs down the heart.’ [Proverbs 12:25 NIV]. As this week’s verse states, we are told by Jesus not to worry about tomorrow. This wasn’t literal in the sense that it is only “tomorrow” we shouldn’t worry about, but every day in our lives since there is always a “tomorrow”. Jesus goes on to explain that if God can clothe the grass in the fields, which by the next day would get plucked and thrown away anyway, how much more will He clothe you?
Why do we worry when God knows what we will need when we will need it? What are we missing? In these verses of Matthew 6, Jesus is reassuring us that we needn’t worry because we are valuable to God–we are His children. And like an ideal father takes care of his children, God does so even more than that. Additionally, He asks us, in verse 27, if any of us could add to our height by worrying; ‘which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?‘ The phrasing humours me but He’s right (per usual!). Other translations say add another year unto our lives but they all mean the same thing: worrying is pointless and does us no good.
We are told what not to do, but then we are told what to do instead to make sure we don’t worry: ‘but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added onto you.’ [Matthew 6:33 NKJV]. Our only concern should be to seek the things that will help us get into God‘s kingdom like righteousness, wisdom etc. Because when we do that, here is the interesting part, everything else (like rewards of life etc) will be added onto us. Take Solomon for example. God asked Solomon ‘…What shall I give you?‘ [1 Kings 3:5]. Imagine God point blank asking you “what do you want right now?” What would you say?
Solomon asked for wisdom and understanding in order to judge God‘s people and discern between good and evil [v.9]. In return, God does so adding that there won’t be any one like him after him. But He also gives Solomon ‘…what you [Solomon] have not asked‘ [v.13]–riches and honour. It’s almost like asking for a phone for your birthday and getting the best phone there is out there along with a new car and £100,000. God goes above and beyond when we ask for the right things.
When we focus on the things of God and trust in Him and His process, there is no space for worry. Not even a thought. So let’s go about this week without worry, trusting in God‘s plan and the idea that He will take care of us and our needs. Let’s seek first His kingdom; identify what it is we want Him to do for us that would put us one step closer to entering His kingdom and not worry about anything.
Have a lovely week!
– A fellow Wiling Spirit