“…do not be anxious about your life… –Luke 12:22
It is a clear commandment from Jesus for us not to be anxious nor worry. Yet we do. I confess I’m anxious and worrying about many things right now:
- Going back to work and being away from my wife
- Getting enough rest
- Having enough “stuff”
- My wife having to go back to work
- Wondering if I’m going to forget things I need/want to do
- Reading enough books
- Managing finances
And the list could stretch across the internet. I am tempted to worry about all these things and more. I’m sure you’re not too different most days.
Usually our desire is to mitigate our anxieties by the feeble power of our own might. We do not humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and cast our anxieties on him (1 Peter 5:7). We believe the lie that we care about ourselves more than God cares about us. God cares for his own and all of our perceived and real problems, and he understands them and us better than we do (Psalm 94:19).
He wants us to lay down our cares, worries, burdens, and anxieties at his feet so that at the proper time he may exalt us (1 Peter 5:6). In our exaltation he is glorified by our exceeding joy in him. He stands ready to equip us and give us his grace to go and do rather than sit and worry.
We can seek him for our joy today, asking him to overflow our hearts with his steadfast love. He will guide us to be kind and to show mercy as he has shown towards us. We can trust in God with all of our possessions and responsibilities given to us from him today without worrying about them.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).