Words About Worry
Last month we considered the first of
these three words about worry, namely, that Worry is
Unnecessary. This time, we will deal with the other
two thoughts. The second word is that…
Worry is Unspiritual.
Right now the world is going through a
period of unsettling economic troubles; governments are
not ready to call it a world-wide depression, but some
officials are speaking of an American Recession. This
gives cause to some, even Christians, to lose their jobs
and begin to wonder just what to expect next, even to
the point of thinking that perhaps the coming of our
Lord is drawing nigh. What should we think in times like
these? Well, our text gives both the questions and
answers to such situations:
not anxious saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall
we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed? For after
all these things do the Gentiles seek. For your
heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these
things" Matthew 6:31-32.
Luke’s fuller account gives proper
meaning to "Gentiles" where Jesus says,
"For all these things do the nations of the
world seek after" (Luke 12:30). Obviously, the
contrast is between believers who have a heavenly Father
Who knows our needs, and all the rest, who are "of
the world." Not only does our Father know, but
He knows "before we ask" (Matthew 6:8).
How unspiritual, then, to worry about things!
Remember, too, that the unsaved have no heavenly Father,
so they spend all their energy on things.
"But seek ye
first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and
all these things shall be added unto you"
This admonition to "seek"
(zeteite) is a present imperative, which infers
previous seeking, so "go on seeking" is
a good translation. Jesus is speaking to believers here,
who have already partaken of God’s righteousness and
His spiritual kingdom. This is in contrast to the world’s
seeking after things, because "all these
things shall be added unto you." See that the
priority of your life is the heavenly treasure, and God
will supply the earthly things which are still needed,
even by believers. The Pharisees had only their
self-righteousness, but the true disciples of the
Messiah/King has the "better righteousness."
Worry about "things" is to be like the
unbeliever; it is unspiritual!
Worry is Unfruitful.
not anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be
anxious for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the
day is its own evil."
Instead of translating "about
tomorrow" it is really Eis ton aurion,
"into tomorrow." At first this may seem
like a contradiction to everything Jesus has said.
Should we worry about the things of today instead of
projecting them into tomorrow? No, this is not the
thought; He has gone to great lengths to instruct His
disciples not to worry today. What Jesus says
here is an additional thought; not only should we
trust God for today, but for tomorrow as well. To
project our worries into tomorrow is unfruitful.
This will not solve any problems. Do not push off today’s
worries into tomorrow; let tomorrow care for itself,
then you are free today! If someone should ask,
"What is the difference between concern and
worry?" the answer is found in the final clause of
this verse: "Sufficient unto the day is its own
The word "evil" (kakia)
does have bad connotations in many contexts, but here it
is not moral evil, but daily troubles. Concern
means to tackle each problem as it comes up on that
particular day, seek God’s grace, which is also "sufficient"
(II Corinthians 12:9), deal with the problem and then
leave it in God’s hands. We do not solve every problem
within one day, so we do what we can during that day,
then rest in Him. Worry, on the other hand, is to
consider the problem, but make no effort to solve it;
and thus, continue to have a divided mind. This will not
promote peace and you will take it to bed with you and
worry "into tomorrow."
Really, God only gives us one day at a
time, so we are free from tomorrow’s troubles. He will
give the all-sufficient grace when tomorrow arrives.
Worry, therefore, is completely Unnecessary, Unspiritual