In the Webster’s dictionary anxious means…full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; worried. The thesaurus had an even clearer picture…tense, uptight, troubled, disquieted, concerned, fretful, alarmed, over-wrought, anguished, and fearful.
This does not sound like an emotion that is pleasant to live with. Today, we will discuss what Jesus said about anxiety in Luke 12:22-30.
And Jesus said to His disciples, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious and troubled with cares about your life, as to what you will have to eat; or about your body, as to what you will have to wear.
When financial troubles come we quickly forget that our God cares for us, and wants to provide for our needs. When we worry and fret about what we will eat, how we will clothe our children, and troubling situations in our lives, we are hindering the help that He so longs to provide us with. It does not just fall in our laps. We must have faith. If Jesus says not to be anxious, then we should obey and not worry. We must trust Him.
For life is more than food, and the body [more] than clothes.
This is very true…our lives here are just a grain of sand in the vast Universe. There are more pressing matters…like the salvation of the lost.
Observe and consider the ravens; for they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn; and [yet] God feeds them. Of how much more worth are you than the birds!
Have you ever seen a bird falling apart over what it will eat or how it will find it’s next meal. Have you ever seen them afraid to fly? There feathers are never in a ruffle…ever. They know the Creator has already provided. And if He has already provided for the birds…don’t you think He has you covered? You are after all one of His daughters.
And which of you by being overly anxious and troubled with cares can add a cubit to his stature or a moment [unit] of time to his age [the length of his life]?
The only thing we will do by living lives with worry and anxiety is shorten our days.
If then you are not able to do such a little thing as that, why are you anxious and troubled with cares about the rest?
This verse just shows the awesome power of Almighty God. To Him, adding time to a life is a simple task. If we would just realize that He really is that powerful…why would we worry about the rest?
Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither [wearily] toil nor spin nor weave; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory (his splendor and magnificence) was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O you [people] of little faith?
Think about the beauty of a flower. He put such care into each kind of flower. They are all so different…yet beautiful. Shouldn’t we have faith enough to know that He would clothe His own children?
And you, do not seek [by meditating and reasoning to inquire into] what you are to eat and what you are to drink; nor be of anxious (troubled) mind unsettled, excited, worried, and in suspense;
This takes it beyond mere food and clothing. When you are anxious about a pregnancy, health of a loved one, a business venture, your car starting, money to fix the car, money period, a test result, when your children are away from you, etc. (If your issue was not mentioned…it still counts! ;)
You need not worry for nothing!
For all the pagan world is [greedily] seeking these things, and your Father knows that you need them.
Your Father knows what you need. Trust Him.
I am leaving you with two more Scriptures that I want you to read. These Scriptures will back up what Jesus is saying in Luke. They will give you more confirmation that you do not have to be anxious for any of life’s circumstances!
Philippians 4:6 – Do not worry about anything!
I Peter 5:7 – Cast your cares! He wants them!
When worry threatens to knock on the door of your mind pull these Scriptures out and speak them OUT LOUD over your circumstances. Those little worry demons will go running…And when the forget Who’s you are and come back…pull those weapons out again and repeat!
Daddy God, thank You for taking care of me. Thank You for supplying all of my needs. Thank You for caring about the things that matter to me. Thank You for wanting my burdens so that I don’t have to carry the load. Lord, I can’t carry the load any longer. Please take the burden of (fill in the blank). I just give it to You. I trust You with it. Thank You for loving me enough to take this burden from me. I choose to cast my cares on You! Praise Your Holy Name! In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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