Last season my Community Group came up with a topic that I have heard many times, and honestly have a lot of experience in dealing with. As Christians we are told to give our sins, problems, worries, and concerns to God, but we often struggle in this area. We seem to have done so only to continue thinking about, worrying or engaging in a sinful behavior that we are trying to stop. The good news is that in Christ Jesus there is hope for all.
First you need to determine your issue.
- Is is a sin?
- Is it a worry, burden or concern?
- Is it a want or desire?
After thinking about this you may find that your problem falls in all three bullet points. Know that there is grace, mercy, and power from God Almighty.
Is it a worry, burden or concern and/or a want or desire?
We all have a tendency to worry about different things at different times. Such to the point that we become discouraged, and weary. Jesus commanded us not to worry, and points is to the solution.
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:25-34)
Here the command is to not worry about our life. Jesus shows that we, being made in God’s image, are so much more important than the rest of creation. And if God is providing, and concerned about the rest of creation, then He will do so for humanity that is much more important to Him. So what seems to be the problem? “You of little faith!” This points to a lack of faith on our part. We are not trusting that Jesus will truly take care of us no matter how severe it may be. The answer? “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,” To seek His kingdom means that we choose to serve God, and His will for our life over our will.
Jesus questioned the faith of the disciples during the storm in Matthew 8:24-27, “And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.” And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.” Here Jesus is asleep during the storm while the disciples are worried that they are going to die. We will always encounter storms in our life, but we can trust that Jesus is with us through it all.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
In the Gospel of Luke (Luke 10: 38-42) Jesus gives us another command not to worry, and again the answer. “Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
The problem: “But Martha was distracted with all her preparations;”
The result: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;”
The solution: “Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.” “but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part”
Sometimes we need to just be in His presence. We have direct access to the Father through Jesus, and we can read & meditate in His Word the Bible. We can fall to our knees in prayer, worship and thanksgiving. This elevates Jesus in our hearts about all of the other distractions that can take precedence over Him in our lives.