by Pat McIntosh
There are many commonalities among men, and one of the most difficult is that of worry. Each
of us worry about something in life to one degree or another. Do we have enough money to pay
the bills? Am I going to be able to keep my job? My kid is almost a teenager; what kind of
problems are we going to face in this transition? Other issues include health, wealth and host of
Such concern is natural, to an extent. If we assume a position of responsibility in the family
society and even in the church, we are concerned about our performance and what kind of
difficulties we are going to face.
Jesus addressed worry in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 6:25-34). He took an interesting
approach as to how we handle the difficulties in our life. In essence, He said that, since we
cannot serve two masters, we must choose one. We cannot serve God and mammon (god of
money). His instruction is that we are to put our trust in God, who will help us overcome the
problems we may anticipate. “Worry” is an “anticipated problem.” The solution to worry is
putting our trust in Him and making Him the top priority in our lives.
Many live by the phrase, “Don’t worry; be happy.” Some see that as a truth while others view it
only as a cute saying. In reality, Jesus taught “don’t worry, seek God’s will first and you will be
happy.” If we take this to heart, we will be well on our way to “building our house upon the
rock.” If we don’t do so, we allow the cares of this world to choke out the true blessings God
intended for His children.
Sunday A.M. Sermon – Don’t Worry (Matt. 6:25-34)
- Have faith in God’s Providence – Lk. 10:38-42; Rom. 8:32; Lk. 12:16-21; Matt. 10:29-31
- Make His Will Our First Priority – Matt. 19:21; Lk. 12:33-34; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; 2 Pet. 1:3
Sunday P.M. – James 1 (cont.)