Why worry? Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 July 2017
By Chaplain (Capt.) James Steelman
Special to GUIDON

Scripture says: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:33-34.

What are you seeking in life?  
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Are you seeking a good relationship with God and others, or are you being anxious for other things?

Every day brings new chances to be anxious, but what does anxiety get you? Usually it makes you miserable and keeps you from focusing on solutions to the problems that are in front of you.  

When you look at your life you need  to focus on what is important and not be anxious about other things.  

Matthew Chapter 6 says to seek God’s kingdom first and that all other things will be added. You need to seek a good relationship with God and with others first.

Trusting God for your needs is part of having faith in him. Seeking after things that might make life easier will only result in more anxiety. You cannot control the future. You can plan and prepare, but only God knows the future. You have no way of knowing what will happen, but God has promised to work things out for good. This sets you free to focus your attention on building a good relationship with those around you, while you address your needs for that day.  

A good example of not worrying is provided by Pastor John Piper in “Taste and See.” While on vacation he lost his credit card, but this did not disrupt the trip because he was focused on his Family. He used mostly cash and checks. Since he did not know where he lost the card he could not look for it.  In the end God provided for him since the card was found in a friend’s car.  The  friend mailed it back to him.  

Each day, commit to seeking what is important and do what will last in life. Be not anxious about your needs or what tomorrow will bring.

(Editor’s note:  Steelman is 787th Military Police Battalion chaplain.)