Stress and worry or faith and peace?

Is your day filled with stress and worry about life and what will happen tomorrow? Is worry something we have no control over and is it just a part of life? As with all aspects of life let us go to the source, the grand source if you will, God’s holy word. Jesus tells us, “Take therefor no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt. 6:34) But we may rightly ask, “how can we possibly not worry about tomorrow, when everything of this earth is so uncertain?” Should we not even worry about what our family will eat, drink, wear, or where we shall live tomorrow? Again, let us go to the bible for answers. God assures us, that if we seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, then all our earthly needs will be added by Him. The Lord of heaven, who knows all things, clearly sees and knows that we have need of these things. (Matt. 6:32-33)

If we still choose to worry about what will happen tomorrow, what good will it do? Worry can’t add an inch to our height, a hair to our head, add a single day, or even an hour to our lives, so why worry? Perhaps if we cannot stop worrying about things, then maybe our problem is faith, or lack of it. If we believe as we should and have faith, we won’t worry about tomorrow. We’ll live one day at a time, working to change the things we can change, and serving God to the very best of our ability.

Lack of faith is the failure to believe God will do what he has promised us. We can increase our faith with the word of God, growing and coming to the full knowledge of God. The gospel of Christ is the power of salvation to everyone that believes. For therein is revealed the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, the just shall live by faith. (Rom. 1:16-17) God has given us, according to his divine power, all things that pertain to life and godliness. Grace and peace are multiplied through the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ that has called us to glory and virtue. (II Peter 1:2-3) Since we as Christians, have it all now and a perfect assurance of eternal life to come with Him, why should we worry?

Sometimes the problem is that we are afraid to accept only what God gives us, wanting to make sure all of our desires are met. So we worry about tomorrow, unable to bear the thought of having less than we want or think we need. Jesus says, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust do corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, for where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.” We can’t serve two masters, we’ll either love the one and hate the other, serve one and despise the other. (Matt. 6:19-26) If we have the right attitude and commitment to God we will not be overly concerned with temporary earthly wealth, which can never bring true contentment.

Worry can only be eliminated with a strong faith in God, putting him first in everything. If God chooses to bless us with material wealth, we should use it to his glory. If God chooses to bless us with spiritual wealth, then we should use that to his glory. As Christians we should take life one day at a time, happy and content with whatever blessings God has given us. For we can rest assured, there will be blessings beyond our comprehension in the life to come.

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