Sermon on the Mount

Worry

This devotional is written by Heidi North currently in the process of preparing for a wedding and so this is very relevant for her.

Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry 

25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you- you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Reflection

 The past 3 months have been pretty wild, I've started a new job, left my flat, moved back home, dealt with a difficult landlord, been planning a wedding and looking for a new home. My mind has been CONSUMED with worry as a result. Everything I could possibly worry about, I have. People have said I am a 'worrier', I LIVE INSIDE MY HEAD.
 
In this passage Jesus speaks about not worrying about the clothes we will wear or what we will eat or drink? These things seem like the most basic things to worry about these days, as they are things we have far too much of, but the reality is, they are much more important than worries like, 'what nobody wants to come to my wedding?' and 'what if I trip down the aisle?' and yet we are still told not to worry about them?!
 
I had to go back to basics.
 
For the last week I decided to spend about 20 mins every morning meditating on this passage. I would read the verse aloud over and over, write down any worries on my mind, put a timer on and for 10 minutes, close my eyes and invite the Holy Spirit in.
 
The results - AMAZING
 
Since having done this it feels as though my anxieties have been lifted from my mind, all the things I thought were worrying me, aren't. I have felt more present, more peaceful and happier in myself than I have for a very long time.
 
Take some time out, write down your worries and give it up to God.

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