Is Anxiety Eating You Up?

David Bast

READ : Matthew 6:25-34

All of us have anxious times. We worry about how to pay the bills, whether our health will hold up, how our children will turn out, where our career is going.

We should recognize this sort of anxiety for what it is. It’s a form of practical atheism. When Christians are over- anxious about such things, we’re living like unbelievers. We’re acting just like people who don’t know God (v. 32). Anxiety spoils our usefulness for God, since we cannot put his kingdom first if we are obsessed with ourselves. Most of all, anxiety is unnecessary. If we only really believe what Jesus says to us here, we would never be anxious again.

Please don’t think I’m saying that anxiety is easy to overcome or that I never worry about anything. Jesus mentions worry over what we eat, drink and wear. Food and clothing aren’t luxuries; they’re necessities. So what he says here is not just for good times, but for when the cupboard is bare and the check book is empty, and we’re not sure how we’re going to make it to next week.

The main thing to remember is that anxiety is a form of fear. The opposite of fear is faith. This means that the cure for anxiety is to learn to trust in the God who feeds the birds of the air and clothes the flowers of the field, but who also loves and cares for us.

PRAYER

Lord, help me not to worry about tomorrow, but to trust you to take care of me. In your name. Amen.