Did you know that the most frequent command or teaching in the New Testament is not to worry? I know, I would’ve thought it was to be holy or to love each other, but it isn’t. God wants us to have no fear or anxieties about anything. We may think that Jesus is just trying to comfort us and alleviate our worries, but He is actually commanding us to not worry because worry is a lack of faith and trust in God.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on it. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap not gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life”- Matthew 6:25-27 (NKJV)
Here Jesus is not merely trying to calm our fears or anxieties but He is telling us that we do not need to be anxious about our life because our Heavenly Father knows what we need. He knows what we need better than we do.
I started bleeding. It was scary. No pregnant woman sees blood without the cold, heavy cloud of fear settling over her. The doctor wanted me to come in to make sure I wasn’t miscarrying my miracles. When they checked on the babies, they found that Baby A was lying on Baby B’s cord and causing poor Baby B some distress. The doctor was able to move Baby A so that sweet Baby B could “breath” again. How would we have known about it if it weren’t for the bleeding? We wouldn’t have. I am three people right now, and God knows what all three of us need. The bleeding was unrelated to the fetal distress. The thing that was a cause for fear and anxiety was God’s way of protecting my babies. He knew what we needed.
When Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:25 not to be anxious He has a good reason for it. He knows that the direction of our gaze is important. It is no accident that a few verses later he says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33 ESV). Jesus knows we are human and frail and that our natural tendencies are too see things with our eyes and not the eyes of faith. He knows that we will keep needing to learn this lesson, so that is why the most frequent command that He gives us is to not worry, be concerned, or anxious about anything!
I know the statistics. I know that my twins are the most fragile kind. There is nothing between them to protect them from one another. Jesus doesn’t give me a pass on His command. He doesn’t say not to worry unless you have a good reason. He reaches out His hand and tells me to trust Him. Trust Him to keep them safe. Trust Him to do what is best for me. Trust Him to provide the things we need to accommodate our suddenly growing family. My job is to keep my eyes on Him, not to solve the world’s problems, not even to solve my own problems.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made to God.”-Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
Paul urges us to let our requests be known to God through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. We thank Him before He even answers, because we know He will. People that don’t know Him have to live in fear. We do not need to worry because we can simply let God know our needs. God does not want us wringing our hands with worry over things in this life. Anxiety is a waste of time, we have a true tool, a powerful solution: we can go to the throne and simply ask Him to take care of us. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22 NIV). “An anxious heart weighs a man down” (Proverbs 12:25). It is weight that we were never meant to carry, a load that we cannot handle. We tend to worry about things we cannot change and things about the future that may never happen. I am living in a place where I can be buried under worry or I can fix my eyes on Jesus and just keep walking. Let’s be brave together, why not join me and “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7)?