So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6 : 31 – 33
Our worries can be interesting indicators of what is important to us individually. Perhaps they reflect how we think we are seen by others, or what they may think of us, or are of things that may impact our lives greatly that we cannot control or see a way to avoid.
Jesus stated three worries of his day – “What shall we eat?”, “What shall we drink?” and “”What shall we wear?”. These were basic requirements in a time when people relied on growing their own food, had limited sources of water in a hot climate and were required to make their own cloth or clothes.
Perhaps we take eating and drinking for granted these days, though the recent food shortages induced by panic-buying at the start of the coronavirus lockdown shows the fragility behind our “normal” everyday. The pandemic itself has given us many worrying times, particularly when it has struck close to home and has separated families.
So how do we overcome our worries? Trying to solve everything on our own can be a never-ending endeavour, with no escape from trying to change the world by endlessly worrying about all the challenges around us.
Instead, worry about (or perhaps “focus on” would be better) your relationship with God, to put him first in your life and this will help to have things fall into an order.
Prayer: Lord you are God and I know that you know all our needs. Sometimes, we worry over the smallest detail and let it become a larger problem that takes all our focus. Help me to walk with you and recognise those worries that are not important in my life. Amen.
Action: Look back over the last few days and think about the worries that have enveloped you. Don’t let them dictate the way you live, rather, take control of those things you can and make changes to lessen your worries.