Worry

Jesus said:

 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek firstthe kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 5:25-34 ESV

Bobby McFerrin put it this way:

Worry, or more to the point worrying, was the theme of last Sunday’s sermon at Holy Trinity Huddersfield. What was said in the sermon  stuck pretty close to the Bible passage above, so I’m not repeating it, just advising you to read the passage slowly and prayerfully.

One thing that was said was that we cannot not worry — worry is a natural human emotion, it helps us to survive — but like with all emotions it is our attitude to the emotion that goes further.

During the sermon my mind wandered, as it often does, and I got to thinking about another thing Jesus said about worry, This time in John’s Gospel:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  John 14,1-2

We have no need to worry, not because everything is going to be well, there is no guarantee of that, but because Jesus has prepared a place for us in heaven. Knowing how it all ends what is there to worry about?

 

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