Why Do You Worry?New Every Morning | August 28, 2019
THIS QUESTION reveals Jesus’ basic orientation to time. Jesus lives in the moment for the sake of what lasts forever; he invites us to focus on the now for the sake of the eternal. Focusing on everything else—all the tomorrows to come—only serves to get us lost in worry. As a result, we may be ready to answer Jesus’ question with a laundry list of reasons that we worry. For many of us, our worries are not nearly as fundamental as whether we will be able to eat or drink or have clothes to wear. Yet Jesus insists that God’s provision means that even when our future is uncertain with regard to these basic necessities, we still need not worry. The world may tell us that we must chase after everything we need and desire in life, but Jesus says that God already knows what we need and is ready to provide for us.
Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2018)
What things do you worry about the most? Share your thoughts.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”
—Matthew 6:25 (NRSV)
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These days my “worries” are more about people’s well being. The problems they face, the pain they endure, how will they meet the challenges they face. I’ve found that worrying about myself is not productive and takes a lot of energy that can be used elsewhere. The planning done before this move was very helpful and I’m reaping benefits from it.
Doris will start chemo, Meesook will hopefully have surgery to relieve the pain in her spine, and Anneliese will have a pain management treatment on Thursday. Prayers for Marcy and Julie and all with heath/well being concerns. Hope Betsy’s move goes or has gone well. Lord help us all to adjust to new situations, conditions, and be content with what we have.
Thank You, Lord, for the blessings of the day.
I only used to really worry about my children and their safety and the wellbeing of my loved ones. Now I feel I worry about so much more because of my life changes. I try to trust in the knowledge that the Lord will provide – some
days I am better at that than others.
Every day is a new day and I pray to be better each day and to trust in the Lord to guide me.
Prayers for all who come here today. God is near. I take comfort in that.
Everyone here knows most of my worries. I try so much and often to give them to God. I even go through the motions of leaving my burdens at His feet and taking up His peace and assurance. I also worry about Megan finding her place in the world. H’s mental accuity continues to decline and he continues to deny. Two worries among many others.
Read Psalm 62 in Living Bible version. Each version illuminates more and more. This one really focused on worry and finding refuge in the Lord. So the words went well with this Reflction.
Prayers for Robert and his many loved ones suffering health issues.
Prayers for Lou and her children, may all be safe and doing well.
Prayers for Mary, may she be jou filled and full of the living water.
Prayers for healing for Andrea, Connie, Erich, and Marcy.
Prayers for Jill and her students, may they have a successful and safe school year. Prayers for Jill’s friends and their families.
Prayers, blessings, warm hugs and thank you dear UR faithful
I commit all my worries to God and trust that He is in control.
Give all your cares to God. Trusting Him to be our provider for EVERYTHING! He is in control . I think we should pray and ask God for wisdom every day, because He is the only one that can give wisdom to us. I pray He keeps this storm away from USA and also Puerto Rico! Thank you Lord for taking care of us all.
Even though I am a Sr. (77), on limited income (below poverty level), and by U.S. standards “poor”, the problem I have with this devotional, and other similar religious meditations which I’ve read is this:
HOW could this even remotely be relatable to people living in detention facilities, the homeless, refugees in any place, –I know some of these people are believers, but to them I would be a rich woman.
I know this teaching is not limited to us who are clothed, protected from the elements, and fed daily many times beyond ‘need’. My heart aches for people who are in truly desperate situations. Many Moms see their children die in their arms, have suffered incomprehensible situations, etc.
HOW am I to reconcile these two extremes???
Evelyn – you ask a good question – one I am unable to give a solid answer to. A good one to lament to God – and see what He reveals. Could it be, perhaps, that because we have “need” of very few things – that we cannot grasp living in such dire situations? Worry doesn’t eliminate atrocities, but faith enables us to endure them?
I don’t really like to use the word worry – I call my “worries” concerns. Maybe because for me – worrying can become a constant mindset…where I am not allowing the Spirit to control, renew my mind. I am letting the devil have more reign than he should. But, of course, I have concerns – things which weigh on my heart and mind. My dad, how he is coping with his grief – is numero uno! I long to hurry him along to security and steadiness. But I know his timetable is his own – and try to have words when appropriate and just silence and presence when appropriate. I am concerned, also, about what caregiving for him will look like when the time comes. So, yes – there are concerns – but I try to be vigilant with where my mind goes…I need to take these concerns to the Father…each and every time.
Verse 5, from Psalm 62 again catches my attention – in ESV – and because of this topic of worry. “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence.” Again – the psalmist, David is doing his self talk thing. Instructing his soul to be quieted. Where there is worry, there is no stillness. At least not in my experience. I imagine my whiteboard at school…at the end of a class, there can be what an outsider would consider a mish-mash of stuff all over it. To prepare for the next class – I erase it, all of it, fully. I am pretty anally meticulous about my board – not one mark remains. This is how I envision David being when coming before His Lord…all worry wiped away. Random thoughts vanished. Quietness, tranquility, blankness.
It is well, with my soul.