‘Give all your worries and cares to God’ (1 Peter 5:7 NLT)
Do you worry about things, little things, or really big things? Are the things you worry about daily occurrences, or maybe hourly or your life may even be in constant turmoil?
Should you worry about things?
‘And why do you worry… Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?’ (Matthew 6:28 & 27 NIV).
So why do we worry, why do we not trust that there is someone else, that can take our worries and give us peace, a peace that the world cannot understand.
‘Peace I leave with you’ (John 14:27 ESV).
So who would want all of our worries, our concerns and our doubts?
Jesus wants them, and us;
‘apart from me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5 NIV).
Jesus wants us to come to him, and be in a relationship with him.
If you are in a relationship, you talk to your partner (occasionally, maybe), and they listen (sometimes…). You share the little things that happen during a normal day, things like who you have seen and what you said to them, where you have been etc. Sometimes my wife will moan at me if she has had a trying day, she is not actually moaning at me, but she needs to shed her stress, worries and concerns of the day, afterwards, she feels better, and equally, I do the same to her.
Jesus wants that kind of relationship with us, one where we go to him in prayer and tell him all about our day, the ups and the downs.
Some will say, “What is the point, surely Jesus already knows everything we do”.
‘O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me’ (Psalm 139:1 NLT).
Yes, God does know everything, but sometimes, the sharing is the breakthrough to the proper relationship.
‘Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28 NIV – emphasis mine).
He did not say, “Just come over for a bit and let me know your little worries, but keep the big ones, I’m not interested in those, way too big for me”. He said;
‘Come to me ALL who are weary’ (Matthew 11:28 NIV – emphasis mine).
All of us who are weary from problems in our life, can go to Jesus.
All of us who have problems in our relationship, can go to Jesus.
All of us who have work problems, can go to Jesus.
He may not miraculously cure all the problems, but we can give them all to him, and subsequently not worry about them, and then just, relax, breath out, and rest in him;
‘I (Jesus) will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28 NIV – emphasis mine).
When we go to Jesus with our concerns, he gently takes them in and says to us “rest in me, I have your worries, do not think about them, leave them, come to me, I love you and care for you so much’.
And we know exactly how much God loves us (John 3:16).
Jesus says “do not worry” (Matthew 6:25 NIV).
But being human and weak, it is hard not to at times; we all worry about various things in our life, but Jesus tells us not to;
‘do not worry about what you will eat or drink. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.’ (Matthew 6:25 & 34 NIV).
Why worry anyway, just enjoy each day as it comes and be thankful to God for what you have, little or lots; be a good steward of what you have, share what you have with those less fortunate, and live a life that is centred on God, and worthy of the ‘tag’ Christian.
Years ago, people used to wear bands that had the letters ‘W.W.J.D.’ which stood for ‘what would Jesus do?’ If as you go through life, you constantly ask yourself this question, then you may find that your life changes, as you start to really consider what Jesus would do in the various situations that you find yourself.
What Jesus would do, is trust his dad, our heavenly Father. He would not worry about what he could not change, and he would continue with his life, as he did, to the very end.
‘Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless – like chasing the wind’ (Ecclesiastes 9:9 NLT).
Why should I worry, worry about this life
What I eat what I drink or the clothes I should wear
The lilies of the field they’re more beautiful indeed
More than Solomon in all his splendour
Lilies come and go so tell me how much more
Will the Lord clothe those who surrender to his love
Why should I worry, ‘bout the ifs and the maybes
When maybes may never even happen at all
Worry has no power to add a year, day or hour
To the number of the days that I’ve been given to breathe
Is my faith still so small that I seek first a mall
When my Father knows my need and he longs for me to leave it in his hands
If I seek first Your Kingdom with all of my heart
And then all of these things
All the big things and the small things
They’ll all be given unto me
Why do I worry, worry about tomorrow
When tomorrow has so many worries of its own
The birds of the air have their needs met fair and square
A holy hand provides all they need and so much more
Birds have no cares no bonds, stocks or shares
So if I ask for bread, do I really expect a stone?
Why should I worry? – (Secrets of Life #5)
Nia Jones (words) / Mal Pope (music)
Lord we thank you for caring about us, caring enough to send Jesus t o die for us, even though we did not deserve it. Help us to be worthy of the sacrifice Jesus paid on our behalf. Lord we love you and want all those in our lives to know that by the way we act. We are weak people at times, I know I am, help us and me to be better and be worthy of the tag Christian.