The Lent season is over, Easter has come and gone, and we got out of bed this morning to take on a new week. As you think back over the past 40 days has anything shifted? Has there been an area of unbelief that is now an area of belief? Maybe you are wondering if you really have unbelief in your life. There is a sure fire litmus test WORRY.
Worry is the opposite of belief. It pains me to even type out that reality, but it is true. Jesus’ words on the subject cannot be ignored. Regardless of how much faith I have at times, I must return to Jesus’ teaching on worry as the litmus test on faith. Jesus says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.” (Luke 12:22) “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life. Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (25-26)
Jesus’ words in Luke 12 hit a little too close to home. His advice is way too practical! I prefer His more obscure teachings. As I read this section of Luke 12 I have to ask myself if worry is the overarching theme of my thought life. If so, then somewhere along the way I have let unbelief take over. “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!” (28)
So what do we do with worry? Especially if we are prone to worry, grew up in an environment where it was normal, or let’s be honest, like to be in control and mask it as worry? Well, the only antidote for worry I have found it Jesus. Seriously! A lot of my journey the past 10 years has been seeing worry and control subside in my life as a result of leaning more into Jesus. I wish there was a quick fix to this, believe me I searched for it, but I came up empty. What I can tell you today is that worry is practically a distant memory compared to what it was for the majority of my life before this intimate growing relationship with Jesus. His words in Luke 12 have become life giving to me.