Matthew 6:25 “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? Read more here
As I read this scripture, I find asking myself, why I should not worry. Maybe you are asking the same question. Why should I not worry when for the past five years I have been working on my marriage with hope that it will get better, but now it is at a brink of breaking part? Is there reason why I should not worry when the stock market is doing so badly and each day I am losing my money? Should I not worry about my ministry, or future relationships? Jesus’ call for us not to worry seems too radical or even unrealistic for us to attain in this real world. Let’s face it; this world is unfair! Wherever we turn, we seem to see justifications for worry than not worrying. There Word of God points us to the root causes of worry:
- The Heart of Worry is the Heart (Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also – verses 19-21). Where is your heart? Or to put it another way, where have you made your investments? Have you invested in the earthly and temporal or in the eternal. is your trust primarily in God or in your earthly investments?
- Your Perspective Matters. Whether we worry or not is influenced by our worldview, perspective or life philosophy (“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light – verse 22). What is the most important thing in your life? What influences your judgments or choices? Is it your faith in God and His promises or your circumstances?
- Money: Good Servant; Bad Master. Worry is also a question of who or what the object of our worship and devotion is (No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money – verse 24.) – is it surprising that Jesus contradicts God and money? Are you serving God or money (material things)?
The greatest deception from the devil is to get us to think that if we have more stuff we accumulate the more joy and satisfaction we will have. Yet how many times have we seen those people we envy crash under worries; some even ending their lives? It’s because they have lost the most important thing—the center.They don’t have God as the center of their lives. You see friends, unless God is the center of your life, everything falls apart.
In the recent times we have seen the very foundations of the earth shaken: the tsunami, earthquakes, hurricanes, 9/11, financial meltdowns. These are no longer biblical parables but they are concrete situations that we go through and struggle with. We see our loved ones dying of cancer, or HIV/AIDS, our businesses failing, our marriages breaking up. The very foundations of what we trusted in failing. You see, when all these things happen the greatest question is: Who is your center? Because unless God is the center of your life everything falls apart. Maybe it is in those very difficult moments that the purest songs of worship come from of our hearts; if we have made God our center. When we choose not to focus on what is happening around us but reaffirm our source, our center, which is unshakable.