“Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the birds of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”

Matthew 6:25-26

Worry is something we battle with, whether old or young. For some, because of their personality, they worry more than others but the fact remains, every one of us worries about some things. Although we cannot eradicate it entirely from our experience, we can learn to handle it in the right way.

To say to you ‘not to worry’ means I am not being sincere. Worry is relative to each of our situations and I know that it’s not the easiest thing to just stop worrying. And while it may be easy to acknowledge that we need to worry less, it’s another thing to accomplish that.

Life is more than food; the body is more than clothing (v.25), don’t focus too much on the physical or material. Life is more than that. What we should be concerned about is not food and clothing, but our spiritual life and the salvation of our soul because when this is taken care of, the rest will fix itself. When the spiritual is taken care of, the physical and material will not be an issue. If God is your heavenly Father, literally, everything else can be taken care of, when our relationship with God is right, everything else can be made right.

You are more valuable than the birds that God feeds (v.26). God is so completely in control of the natural universe that He can be said to feed the birds of the air. Every berry eaten or worm pulled from the ground is provided by God. He does that for birds, is it possible for Him to do that for us? Will God really bothers about such details? Jesus says in Matthew 10:30 “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” God cares and He is serious about us.

Beloved, you are of more value to God than they. God values you more and is more committed to you, who worship and glorify Him, than He is to animals that have no ability to consciously adore Him. Apostle Peter says, you can “Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Pet 5:7).

There are two days we should not worry about. One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed, forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said, yesterday is gone. The other day we shouldn’t worry about is tomorrow, with its burden, its hopeful promise, and poor performance. Tomorrow is beyond our control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendour or behind a mask of clouds but it will rise. And until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

This leaves only one day, today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives people mad, it is the remorse of bitterness for something that happened yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us, therefore, live one day at a time.

Worry is a burden that God never meant for us to bear. So let us trust Him and rest in the power of resurrection. Jesus is risen. Happy Easter.

Garment of Praise

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