Matthew 6:25a “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear”.
Sometimes, life gets pretty complicated and things don’t seem to make sense to us. We worry and begin to assume responsibility God never intended us to have. We make emotional deposits without realizing that they will soon add up and cause anxiety in our lives. Many of our worries may be within our control, some may be beyond us and others may be unfounded. Most of us tend to focus more on what is tearing us apart that we lose sight of the power of God at work in our lives. You see, even the things that are beyond us are within the control of our God. When we worry our perspective gets skewed and we begin to focus on our challenges more than what God can do through us.
In Matthew 6:25-33 Jesus discourages worry. Jesus reminds us that our Father in heaven knows our needs (verses 32 &33) and will take care of us. When we worry it displaces our faith in God and creates the impression that we are less important to God than the birds of the sky (verses 26 &28). God is more than capable of taking care of us if we are indeed a royal priesthood and a chosen generation.
In this chaotic world, it may seem impossible not to worry. Nevertheless, let us remember to keep our confidence in God in the midst of challenges and the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
In this period of uncertainties let us learn to control what you can and leave the rest to God. God alone has the power to work all things in your favor. Let us remember that with God all things are possible.
Reflection: What are you worried about? How do you plan to draw strength from God in this Lent?
Reading: Matthew 6:25-33
Submitted by: Bridget Ntiamoah
New Life International UMC