Worthless Worry

Joel Plantinga

READ : Matthew 6:25-34

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (v. 33, niv)

A friend once remarked that worrying is like holding an endless, unproductive committee meeting with yourself. For many of us, worry rages like an unquenchable fire. “What is my teenager doing right now? . . . What if my 401(k) turns into a 1(k)? . . . What if there’s another terror attack?”

Just like us, the people Jesus spoke to worried about their lives. The things he mentions—food and clothing—were necessities, not luxuries. His hearers were mostly poor. They had plenty to worry about! But Jesus knew that worry takes our attention and focus away from God and on to issues that we often have no control over.

Interestingly, Jesus doesn’t exhort his followers to forget about the things we worry about. Instead, he reminds us of our value to him and of his sovereign love for us. Commanding us to seek his kingdom first, he teaches us to convert worry into worship. And he reminds us of two basic truths: first, our heavenly Father is in control of all aspects of life. Second, he knows our needs and we matter to him! He will meet our needs.


Lord, help us to trust in you and live a life focused on you and not on our problems. Thank you for your unfailing love. Amen.