“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Mt 6:31-33)
The subject of worry (or anxiety) should interest us all. I speak to you as a pastor, mother and medical doctor. The first thing I observe in these verses is that Jesus does not want you to worry about the things of this life. To worry it means to be troubled internally, to be over emotional, to be anxious or to fret. The devil rules his kingdom of darkness thru the demons of fear, anxiety and intimidation. All his subjects must worry all the time. No unbeliever can stop worrying about the length and the comforts of his life. Before we became saved, we worried all the time.
These are some signs that you indeed worry:
*You are easily over-emotional. You weep or lose your temper to cover up your fears
*Your eating and sleeping habits are not healthy. You either eat or sleep too much or too little.
*You check your Email or your phone messages too often
*You play things in your head again and again. You imagine the worst
*You are diagnosed with chronic sicknesses: High Blood Pressure, Stomach ulcer, depression, diabetes…
The Lord Jesus Christ commands us not to be anxious. In His Kingdom there is righteousness, peace, provision and joy in the Holy Ghost. Anxiety is a form of doubt. To doubt our Lord is sin. One reason why the Lord says that we should not be anxious about clothes, food and drinks, it is because the purpose of why we are created is spiritual, first of all. We are born to glorify God and we are to change and become like Christ. Clothes and food are secondary to the fulfilment of our destiny on earth. Worry is useless. To worry, it is like working for the devil without salary. The Lord also said that we should not worry about tomorrow. Each day is designed to contain an amount of pain and an amount of joy. Salt and sugar are mixed in the flour to make bread. We need both. There is no need to bring the trouble of tomorrow and add it to the one of today. Each day comes with its own portion of mercy and grace for us to be able to live as conquerors. You live just one day at a time. This is wisdom!
How can you stop this wicked addiction to anxiety? You cannot stop it by fighting it on your own. The answer is given in verse 33. You “Seek God first” in every situation! This verse does not mean that you seek God in general. This seeking God first is the solution to the problem of anxiety. When trouble comes and anxiety knocks at the door of your heart, do not run to open that door. Ignore that knock. Pray and try to find the Word of God that applies to that situation. Enthrone Jesus as King over that troubled water. Confront that negative news with the Person of Jesus Christ. This is what you do FIRST OF ALL. After you have anchored your soul in the grace and power of the Lord, the knock at the door shall suddenly stop for anxiety is a coward and shall run away. You shall face that challenging situation with faith in the unfailing promises of God. You shall be worry-free and you shall enjoy your life!
For example: the doctor says that you shall die in one month. Do not argue with him. Do not foolishly ‘swallow’ such information! Do not panic! Just turn your mind towards the Bible and remind yourself that your life is in God’s hands and that God is Jehovah Rapha. The Word of God will inject fresh faith in you. After you have strengthen yourself in the Lord, then you listen to what the doctor says without giving the demon of anxiety a foot hold in your heart. Another example: Your boss fires you from the job. You do not panic. You remember that God is Jehovah Jireh and that He shall provide for all your needs according to His riches in glory. Anxiety should not be allowed to enter your heart! The mistake many believers make is that, deceived by anxiety, they open the door to it first of all. After that they pray to God. That is the wrong way to do things. Jesus said you actively seek God and His Kingdom promises FIRST! Then you are safe! You shall mature spiritually and become a true man or a woman of faith! May the Holy Spirit bless these words into your heart! In Jesus name, amen!