Worry or Faith?

Wars, rising gas prices, falling home prices, high unemployment, failed marriages, and corruption within governments.  We read, watch and hear stories about bad news several times per day and we wonder why we’re anxious?

What thoughts do we allow to dominate our minds?  Are they thoughts and worries provided to us incessantly by the media or are they the promises brought to us by Jesus?

It’s imperative that we choose the food we feed our mind wisely.

This weekend’s gospel passage from Matthew should be read at least once a week (if not daily) in order to stay faith-focused.  This (Jesus) really is the bread of life.

Even back in Jesus’ time, people were worrying about food, drink, health and clothing – not much has changed, huh? In response to the worry that Jesus saw everywhere he gave us these words:

No one can serve two masters.

He will either hate one and love the other,

or be devoted to one and despise the other.

You cannot serve God and mammon (money/wealth).

Where are we placing our faith?  Is it in God or is it in wealth?  Can peace on earth and everlasting peace be provided with accumulated wealth? That’s what Jesus meant when he said we can’t serve two masters.  When we place our faith in God, we trust that we’ll always be fed, clothed and provided for just as he provides for the birds and flowers.

Jesus asks the people some really great questions:

  • Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
  • Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life span?
  • Why are you anxious about clothes?
  • If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?

If we were really faith-filled, how much would we be worrying?

The next part of this passage is really good. “So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ ALL THESE THINGS THE PAGANS SEEK.”   If the pagans are asking the exact same questions, what is different about a mind that is filled with Jesus’ promises and a pagan’s?

A pagan is an individual who does not acknowledge God.  Do we have faith and trust in God – yes or no?  Are we talking to God? Are we listening for answers?  Jesus is the foundation of our faith.  If we really believe in Jesus, we should know what he said and then trust those words.  Repetition of Jesus’ words provide us with peace and hope as we live in a world surrounded by anxious people.   It’s not just the media that can cause us to feel anxious; family and friends who are not faith-filled are often sources of anxiety-producing thoughts.

Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.

When we place our trust in money or material goods, our foundation is unstable. With God as our foundation, we trust that we will always be in good hands – fed, clothed and loved. With these promises deeply rooted in our minds and hearts, we are filled with peace within and are able to share this peace and light with  those around us.

Be certain that you’re feeding your mind with the bread of life.

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One Response to “Worry or Faith?”

  1. Keneth Theroux Says:

    God Bless You and Your family.

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