The following scenario may sound familiar to you:
You see a loved one worrying excessively about something and out of concern, you tell her, ‘Don’t worry, it’ll be fine.’ She responds by saying, ‘Do you think I enjoy worrying? It’s just so hard not to worry.’
Telling a person not to worry will not stop a person from worrying. Worrying is, in actual fact, a symptom and a manifestation of a deeper problem.
We worry about matters that are of great importance to us. What we worry about reflects our priorities and the things we hold dear to our hearts.
What do you worry about? Food? Clothing? Finance? Career? Responsibilities? Your reputation? The approval of others? Unmet expectations? Relationships? The wellbeing of loved ones? Aging?
By Joanne Liaw Sook Ling (29 January 2017)
You say, 'How can I not worry?
Burdens are weighing down on me!'
God says, 'My child, do not worry
Lay your heavy burdens on me'
'I've dealt with your greatest burden
Your burden of sin I've taken
Give to me your lesser burdens
Those burdens I've also taken'
'Now, look at the birds of the air
Flying freely without a care
If God feeds the birds of the air
For you, dear child, He'll love and care'
Worrying is hard not to do
It may be natural for you
But God's Word tells us what to do
Seek first God’s kingdom; seek what’s true
Points for Reflection:
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
(Matthew 6:33 ESV)
· God tells us to seek first His Kingdom. Many of us struggle to put God’s Kingdom first because we are so worried about our ‘little kingdoms’.
· We are so worried about our ‘lesser burdens’ that we unconsciously forget the joy and relief we should be feeling over our freedom from our greatest burden – the burden of sin.
· It is ironic that we are often more worried about our ‘lesser burdens’ in this life but hardly give a thought about our greatest burden of eternal value. Christ’s death on the cross has freed us from God’s judgment on our sin. We do not need to fear the sting of death for we can look forward to our future hope in heaven.
· When we are tempted to worry about lesser things, let us remind ourselves of the freedom we have in Christ and rejoice in that wonderful gift. Let us reach out to those who are lost in darkness and need Jesus. Let us rejoice over a sinner that comes to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ who are going through trials and temptations. Let us seek first the Kingdom of God.