Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Luke 12:22
Jesus is giving his disciples an example of how to pray, which we also see in Matthew 6:19-30. It’s important to factor in this shouldn’t be something just to memorise and repeat each day, but something that needs to come from the heart.
The command here is not to stop us from thinking about life, what to eat or what clothes to wear. The command it that our thoughts and ultimately our lives would not be strangled and overwhelmed by these areas. Worry stops us from being able to live freely because we are too busy planning for all the things that may go wrong in the future. The mind can get fixated on contingency plans, which often take us down the road of fear and anxiousness and in many cases avoiding things which will normally lead us in a positive direction.
For me worry is directly tied to my faith in God. A few years ago, I had some situations in my life which were causing me to worry……a lot!! I became so caught up in the “what ifs.” In this particular season, I was able to find freedom in placing my trust in God. I wasn’t expecting everything to turn out the way I hoped or planned, but there was a “peace, beyond understanding” (Philippians 4:7) that did come.
I wish I could say after that…no more worries!! What I’ve come to realise is worry can easily creep into our lives, especially in certain seasons. For me I have to choose daily to place my faith in Him and to choose to make God the focus in difficult situations and not situation itself.
God, thank you that You are there through every storm I face. I lay down my worries, fears and anxieties at the cross. Thank you I can find freedom and peace in You.