Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Matthew 6:25-34, Anxiety, and Respectable Sins

30 March 2011

Matthew 6:25-34, Anxiety, and Respectable Sins

Recently, I have been anxious about many things. I won't go into them here, but reading the following verses is a tremendous help (The bold and italics were placed there by me). 
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. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor 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? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But 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. 
If God takes care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, how much more will he take care of me-His daughter.  Why am I being anxious about money, clothing, jobs, health, etc.?  God knows what we need.  I need to rely solely on God and not myself.

About a year ago, the ladies in the church read Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Brides for a book discussion. A year ago, my biggest sins (listed in the book) were pride and unthankfulness; though at the time, I did not realize these were my sins.  But this past 4-6 months, anxiety has been one of my chief sins.  Jerry Bridges states that anxiety is a sin for two reasons:
  1. I am not trusting that God will provide for my needs.
  2. I am not accepting God's providence in my life.
I want to close with a quote from a sermon I heard Iain Duguid preach, "We beg God to give us a smove road through life, but sometimes the best way for God to get our attention, to move us on to new levels of dependence upon him it comes precisely through a breakdown in our comfort."

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