Across the Preacher's Desk: Unproductive Worry

April 2, 2020 - In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us that we are not to be anxious about the things of this life. He warns us against unproductive worry. Yet, there is so much going on in our world today. We are under “quarantine” because of a pandemic, there is economic unrest, we are in an election year and there are just so many other things for us to worry about.

Most of our anxiety and worry is about tomorrow. Because of our concern and anxiety over tomorrow, we fail to live, really live today. Yet, do you remember what Jesus said? “Be not therefore anxious for the morrow, for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matthew 6:34 ASV) Jesus was talking about such things as food, clothing and shelter. It would do all of us good to read the 6th chapter of Matthew and read it often. We cannot and will not deny that life is complicated, especially in our day and time. But my friends, the God who has brought us this far can carry us on from where we are. 

 Rather than spending our time and energy worrying about what tomorrow might bring, we need to make sure that we live today, and that we live for Jesus. When our Lord spoke those words, he was not saying that life would be free from problems. Jesus never promised us a life free from trials and struggles. He did promise that he would see us safely through those struggles. To be sure, life will have problems, but we are serving a God who can solve all our difficulties if we succeed in living for him one day at a time.

It’s something to think about…..tbp