Ellen Martin | @ellenmartin03
One of the things I struggle with is being anxious and worrying about things. I know that Jesus provides, but it is difficult to fully trust Him with everything. Matthew 6:31-33 notes what Jesus said about anxiety: “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and 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 added to you.”
We are to concern ourselves with seeking the kingdom of God; not about things that need not be worried about. As followers of Jesus, we should be concerned about spreading the Gospel, not about daily things. While it is true that we go through hard times, Paul instructs us in Philippians 4:6-7: “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Although these verses are often quoted, it is comforting to know that we can give our burdens and anxieties over to God and He will give us peace.