Why Worry?

My social media has been alive today in light of yesterday’s election. Everyone seems to feel like they need to share thier point of view about what is going on in our country. There are people who are convinced that this is the beginning of the end of the USA and there are other people who believe it is a great step forward as a country. If I had to describe the biggest feeling among my friends, it would be worry. There is a sense of anxiety over the future. The prevailing attitude is, “We don’t know what this means, but it could be scary.” I have a relative who has been listing several negative possible outcomes with our new president. She is very afraid of what tomorrow holds.

Interestingly enough, Jesus does address days like this in a very straightforward way. In the story of Jesus as told by one of his followers named Luke, Jesus says this in Luke 12:25-26, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (26) Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”

In a similar passage from one of Jesus followers named Matthew he says this in Matthew 6:33, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

In both cases Jesus affirms that there are moments in life where we will be filled with worry. There are times that try men’s souls and in those moments we will want to expect the worst possible outcome. We will then play those horrible scenarios over and over in our head until we can’t sleep at night.

In the context Jesus gives us another option. Instead of focusing our attention on the scary future inside our own mind, why don’t we seek God and his kingdom.

Worry doesn’t change anything. It can’t add an hour to our lives. It can’t stop the trouble that is coming tomorrow. It can’t do anything but drain today of all its possibilities.

Worry is the exact opposite of trust. If we trust God in his sovereign leadership then we have no need to worry. Trust in the Lord and leave your anxiety at his throne. He will take care of you today and tomorrow.

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