“Don’t worry.” How often do we hear that? Most often you hear it from someone who has no reason to worry at the particular time that they are saying it to you. They have the perspective of not being in the midst of a crisis or some situation that lends itself to worry. They say with confidence, “Don’t worry, everything is going to be ok.” Really, how do they know that, they don’t! They are speculating at best, and don’t know how things are going to turn out. Or do they?
They encouragement not to worry is a little different coming from Jesus. After all, He knows how things are going to play out. Unlike the well meaning friends who encouraged you not to fret, Jesus actually knows the outcome of the situation. In Matt 6 Jesus says 5 times not to worry. He gives a myriad of examples and reasons not to worry, and then throws in a sobering reality: those that worry lack faith. (v.30)
No amount of justification can get past Jesus’ determination that if we worry we are lacking belief that He can do this, whatever the “this” is that is in front of us today. What I appreciate most about this little dissertation on worry is He gives the key to letting it go by the wayside. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness (right relationship with Him) and all these things will be added to you.” (v.33) We need only seek Him to get a proper perspective that He can and wants to care for us.