Worry seems to be the universal scourge of all humans in this modern world. Many people’s day is filled with stress about one thing or another. Financial worry is the bane to many, as well as health issues for many more. Are there logical answers to the question of how to deal with worry and stress in the modern age?
Fortunately, like all other questions in life, God has the answer. Jesus tells us to live today and not worry about tomorrow, for today has enough problems and tomorrow will have its own problems (Matt. 6:34). Some will say, “only a fool will not worry about what will happen tomorrow.” But let us look at the irony of the situation. If we do worry about what will happen tomorrow, what are we going to do about it? If you can do something about it, do it, if not don’t worry about it. I find that most things I worry about don’t happen as I had imagined or simply don’t happen at all, so all my worry was to no avail. I have noted of late that Christians seem to take things in stride, and just accept life as it comes on a daily basis, hence living one day at a time. One may ask, how can anyone live like that and not worry about our needs and all the evil things happening around us?
Well, God has the answer for that too. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33). God created us and all the universe around us. He knows much better than we, exactly what we need and will supply it, if we put him first in our lives. When we have a true commitment to God, we rise above worry. If we strive to do our best today and serve God as he commands, we let him deal with tomorrow. When we stress and worry about tomorrow, maybe our problem is with our faith. “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, shall he not much more clothe you, oh ye of little faith” (Matt. 6:30)?
Sometimes I think our problem with only accepting what God gives us, is that we want to make sure all of our earthly desires are met. We worry about tomorrow, unable to bear the thought of having less than we want or think we should have. Interestingly enough right before Jesus tells us not to worry, he commands us not to store up treasures on earth, but to store our treasures up in heaven. We simply cannot serve two masters, we’ll either hate the one and love the other or we’ll be devoted to one and despise the other (Matt. 6:19-24). Jesus here connects the storing up of treasures on earth as trying to serve two masters, so the relationship is an important one.
The bottom line being, if we are striving daily to serve God, then we will not be striving for material wealth on this earth. As Christians, we are happy and content with our blessings and take life, “one day at a time.” If we are faithful, happy, and content with the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us in this life, there will be blessings beyond our comprehension stored in heaven for the life to come.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. If anyone has questions: please call 270-657-2455..
Brother Richard Sitz speaks on the first Sunday of each month and Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the “Good News” of God’s holy word.