DEALING WITH WORRY
Jesus told a story about a rich man who had a very productive land. The rich man had so many crops that he did not have enough place to store them. So he decided to tear down his current barns and build larger ones, and there he would keep all his grains and goods. And after he made his new larger barns, he said to himself, "You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!" But God said, "You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for? So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God." After Jesus told this story, He turned to his disciples and said, "That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing." (Luke 12:16-23).
The lesson that Jesus is teaching us in this particular story is that we should not worry about our everyday life. It is easy for us to worry about the things that we need tomorrow that it takes away our peace of mind and overwhelmed us with anxiety. The truth about worries is that we can worry about everything, and we can worry all day. But it does not help us any good. The rich man was worried about his abundant crops that he had forgotten that he had limited time on this earth.
So what should we do when we are worried about our everyday life? We need to switch our minds to the promises of God in our lives. We need to remind ourselves that God is going to take care of all of our concerns. This is the reason prayer is very important for all of us. We need to ask God for help and direction every day. When we pray, we ask our loving God, who created the universe, to intervene in our circumstances. The answer to our worries is our faith in God. We need to learn to rest our minds in Him. So when we start to worry, we need to immediately pray for the things that we worry about and rest assure that God will take care of our concerns. God always has our future in His hands.
Ask yourself these questions: What should I do when I start to worry? Do I believe that worrying about something can solve my problems? What is the answer to my worries?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in heaven, thank you that you have my life in your hands, you have my future, and will always be with me. Please help me to pray and rest in you when I start to worry. Please help me to completely trust in you with all my concerns. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.