“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:34).”’
We have a relative who stayed with us overnight, and he did not sleep at all well. He reckoned he managed to get about four hours of fitful rest. I asked him why he had not slept soundly, and he said he was anxious about a deal he was in the course of negotiating. It had been on his mind for weeks, and he was uncertain if he was doing the right thing. There would be repercussions if it worked out badly. Other people were involved, and he cared for them. He didn’t want them to suffer in any way. In fact, one of the reasons for making the deal was to help them! And, if all went well, he and they would benefit.
This is a classic example of what can happen to any of us. We can become so worried about the things of the world (Matthew 13:22; cf. Matthew 6:33; Mark 4:16-18) – our possessions, dealings and responsibilities – they can weigh us down – even causing us to become overwhelmed and perhaps depressed (Proverbs 12:25).
Thereafter, a possible scenario could be that our health fails; we tire and we become irritable. We no longer function well at work. We take time off to recuperate. Then we are told we have been made redundant, because our employer has lost custom and revenue as a result of our absenteeism. From there on, we find ourselves engulfed in a downward spiral of gloom into a dark chasm, with no apparent escape. Satan has us in his chains of bondage (Psalm 107:14; cf. Luke 13:16). We are lost, and we need a Saviour (Luke 2:11; 1 John 4:14) who will rescue us and bring us into the light (John 12:46)?
Jesus is the Saviour
Jesus assures people who are ‘heavy laden’ that He can help them by giving them ‘rest’ (Matthew 11:28). They simply need to ‘come’ to Him and to trust Him (John 14:1; cf Proverbs 3:5, 6). Then He will deliver them from their deepest fears (Luke 12:32). He promises He will give them rest: ‘“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden light (Matthew 11:29, 30).”’
They just have to take Him at His word: ‘“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God clothes the grass of the fields, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:25-33).”’
Why the Words of Jesus are so Important to Me
I am one of the world’s worst worriers, having always been anxious about many things and situations. I put it down to the fact that my mother was anxious by nature, and I have inherited her genes, but there’s more to it than that:
I was a youngster during the second world war when the whole nation was anxious. We were concerned that Hitler’s invasion forces would land on nearby beaches. Almost every night Luftwaffe bombers flew overhead to South Wales where they would drop their deadly cargo before returning to base. I shudder now, as I recall the wailing of the warning sirens before the welcome all-clear note of reprieve..
We listened to the news on every occasion, and we were ready to leave our home at a moment’s notice. It’s no wonder we were anxious. Even now, although I am a believer in Christ, I have to constantly remind myself that my life is in Him (John 17:20-23). I am safe (Proverbs 18:10). I have nothing to fear and nothing to be anxious about (Romans 8:28).
I can take to heart My Lord’s words of comfort,‘“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32).”’
And meanwhile, as I wait until the time of His coming again (Matthew 16:27), His words as spoken through Paul the Apostle comfort me: ‘Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6, 7).’
The Spirit moved the Psalmist to write:‘In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul (Psalm 94:19).’
Therefore, let us who believe, be comforted (2 Corinthians 1:3); for our rest and security is in Him (Isaiah 32:18; Hebrews 4:1-10).