The Folly of Being Anxious

Matthew 6: 24-34
2 Chr 24: 17-25 / Ps 89: 4-5, 29-34

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
(Matthew 6:25)

If we live simply, we can give amply,
True wealth is measured by good deeds;
We’ll receive fully when we trust firmly
That God will take care of our needs.

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Mammon. So, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? Look at the flowers in the field. They do not toil nor spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his regalia was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, you men of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ Only the pagans worry about such things; your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.” (Matthew 6:24-34)

Reflection

Jesus tells us four times in this Gospel that we should not worry. Worrying about material things is an indication of our weak faith in the boundless providence and protection of God. Our Lord knows that being too anxious about temporal concerns will only lead us to “serve mammon” rather than to seek first His kingdom. We should feel more confident and assured than the “pagans, who worry about such things.”

Anxiety is one of the weapons employed by Satan to counter our faith and trust in God. No one is exempted from this spiritual warfare, from the moment he wakes up in the morning till the time he retires at night. And even in bed the battle rages.

Ever since we became members of a renewal community, where we are urged to read the Bible everyday, we discovered in God’s Word a powerful antidote against the tendency to worry or be anxious. We cannot start the day without first opening Scriptures to find and meditate on the Gospel for the day and the readings. In its pages we have discovered so many passages of God’s assurances that, like the rays of the morning sun, disperse the mists of life’s anxieties.

Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything. In everything resort to prayer and supplication, and bring your requests before God.” In Isaiah, 41:10, we read, “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God, I will help you, I will strengthen you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” The Book of Psalms is full of assurances, like Psalm 34:10: “Fear the Lord, you holy ones; nothing is lacking to those who fear Him.” St. Peter also wrote, “Place all your worries on Him since He takes care of you” (1Peter 5:7).

Lord, we take comfort in Your promise, that “God Himself will provide you everything you need, according to his riches, and show you His generosity in Christ Jesus” (Ph.4:19). Thank You, Father for dispelling all our worries. Amen.

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