Week 7 Recap: Days 37-42

Devotion by: Bill Hoopes

One of our greatest struggles is in the area of anxiety and worry. It is not just a modern problem. It is obvious from Luke 12:22 and other Scripture passages that it has been an issue since the fall of man. We know from modern medical science that worry and anxiety can directly impact our physical and mental well-being. Worry and anxiety are stressors that can produce depression, high blood pressure, weaken our immune system and cause heart disease, to name a few. I believe that is why Jesus is so adamant when he says in Luke 12:22, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life--whether you have enough food to eat or clothes to wear.”

Worry casts doubt on God’s care. Worrying is like saying to God that He isn’t capable of taking care of us and it’s only through our efforts and our worrying that we can ensure our welfare. However, the essence of trust is to recognize that God will take care of what is in His hands. It requires a willingness to release control and rest in God, His love, His life, and His provision.

Jesus says in Luke 12:31, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need.” Our one major concern, our single most important task, is to seek God and to walk in His kingdom. God promises if we do that, He will care of the rest. Then we can relax in the knowledge that God is in control!

How do we overcome worry and anxiety? The apostle Paul in Philippians 4:6-7 in the Message translation says this:

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

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Jessica Spivey