221768259_03396f142eWe’ve all heard a version of the saying, “in God we trust, all others pay cash.”  When Jesus says “do not be anxious about your life”, he isn’t saying: “Don’t worry, be happy.”  On that note, he isn’t saying, “stop it”, “knock it off”, or “you can choose not to worry.” 

I kinda get the feeling that he’s saying there is a better way.

Recently I was with a friend who was going on and on with a small group of freinds about how she doesn’t worry anymore.  I was getting agitated just listening because the people she was talking to had to be just like me I’m guessing—prone to worry.

We all worry from time to time, some of us more than others for sure.  But we all worry nonetheless.  We worry about who will take care of us when we get older—or who won’t.  We worry about how we are going to make it another month unemployed.  We worry about the cancer that runs in our family.  We worry about our kids and that they find the peace that passes understanding with God in Christ. 

You see, Jesus wasn’t giving a seminar on how to stop worrying, he was inviting his disciples to take the high road when presented with the temptation to worry.  The idea Jesus has in mind isn’t for us to be able to make others feel condemned by telling them how we have ascended to a position in which we don’t worry, no, the idea is that we each learn to trust God more.  In so doing, we will only worry less.  If you pay attention the text here, you will sense Jesus carefully pointing to the trustworthy character of his heavenly Father, as if to say, “don’t worry, trust God.”    

25 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? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  ~Matthew 6:25-34, ESV