1/8/19

Good morning!

Text:  Matthew 6 (Genesis 11-12)

We live in busy and stressful times, and many among us experience anxiety at one time or another.  Jesus speaks of anxiety in the Sermon on the Mount:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life…” (Matthew 6:25)

In Jesus we have everything.  Our great God has promised to provide for our basic needs like food and drink, clothing.   And Jesus has told us we need not be anxious.  In fact He goes so far as to command us not to be anxious.  Does that mean anxiety is a sin?  Well, the feeling of anxiety is just a feeling, and feelings happen to us all.  But “being anxious” is to live in anxiety, to accept it, to even encourage it in our lives.  And in light of Jesus’ words -“do not be anxious” – it is certainly disobedience.  One way I think of anxiety is that it is like physical pain.  When pain comes it is a signal, perhaps a signal that the stove you’re touching is too hot to not harm you.  And so we pull our hand away.  Anxiety is the signal to turn to the Lord.  Anxious?  Come to Him in trust and in prayer, and your anxiety will be healed.  That’s a promise (look at Philippians 4:6-7 and see for yourself).

in Him,  Mike