Worry Smell

I worry constantly. I worry about my job, my kids, my home, my things, well I think you get the picture. But is worry something that should be part of the Christian life?

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you….

Matthew 6:25-30

I’ve probably known the above verse most of my life. But there’s a difference between knowing and knowing (you know what I mean). As I was worrying this morning I realized (or better the Holy Spirit revealed) that worry is a smell. A smell is a symptom of a much deeper problem.

That begs the question, “What’s the deeper problem?”. That I believe is self-suffiency. When we worry, we are focused on our own ability to provide, instead of God’s ability to provide. Perhaps then that implies the deeper problem.

… Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 6:30-34

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Andrew Shansky

Is a software developer/engineer/hacker who lives in Orlando, FL with his beautiful wife, and life changing daughter. I'm a technology geek who loves getting away from the computer, and getting out into nature on a good backpacking trip. Never wanting my job or desires to define me. I am a son of the living God. I am constantly aware of my failures and the God who sees all of them yet still loves me and died for me.

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