Are you worried?

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    Matthew 6:25-30 Says, “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? [26] 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? [28] And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, [29] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. [30] 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?”

    Anxiety and worry are the opposite of faith. Do we not trust God to take care of us? Do we not trust God to use events in our lives for good? Sometimes we are anxious about things we can change. If that is the case, then make the changes necessary to be at peace. Many live their lives in misery and anxiety because they are unwilling to change a job, location, or some other controllable factor in their lives. However most anxiety is due to things that are outside of our control and usually future events that might or might not even happen. When we worry about these things, it is because we don’t trust God as much as we should.

    Anxiety is often seen in Bible characters when their faith is young. Abraham was worried about the king killing him and taking his wife. Yet a mature faith does not have this same anxiety. The same Abraham later in life calmly marched his son up the mountain to sacrifice him at God’s command. When our faith is as strong as it should be, we will calmly approach any situation we might face knowing that God is in control.