Choosing Faith Over Worry
Choosing Faith Over Worry
Worry. It preoccupies our thoughts with concerns about the future, inadvertently robbing us of the beauty of the present moment. Often, we fail to fully appreciate the precious gifts that God has placed before us in the here and now because our minds are consumed by thoughts of what lies ahead.
In this episode, Corey shares the importance of being in the present; to spend quality time with loved ones, whether it's with your children, sharing a meal with your spouse, engaging in music, or attending church. He draws from the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42, to underline the importance of being in the presence of Jesus. However, in our fast-paced world filled with numerous distractions, like smartphones and external influences, it can be challenging to remain fully present. Another obstacle to being present is the tendency to feel anxious and worried about the future, which takes our focus away from the here and now. And the remedy for that is faith. Faith in God allows us to embrace the presence and experience it fully.
Jesus' timeless lesson
The story of Mary and Martha serves as a powerful illustration of the tension between busyness and presence, between worry and faith. In this narrative, we encounter two sisters, who open their home to Jesus. As Jesus and His disciples visit, Martha is distracted by all the preparations that had to be made, while Mary sat at the Lord's feet listening to what He said. Martha, filled with anxiety and busyness, approaches Jesus and asks Him to instruct Mary to help her. She is concerned about the practical aspects of serving their guests, and it's easy to empathize with her desire to ensure everything is in order. However, Jesus responds with a lesson. He says, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." Indeed, Mary chose what’s better: to embrace the present, to simply be with Jesus, listening, learning, and savoring His presence.
The Heavy Burden of Worry
Matthew 6:25-27 says, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" This passage reminds us of God's care for even the smallest aspects of our lives. It emphasizes the futility of excessive worry and encourages us to place our trust and faith in God.
Worry is a heavy burden that often stems from our fear of the future. It manifests when we allow concerns and anxieties about what lies ahead to occupy our thoughts, overshadowing our ability to appreciate the present. This constant preoccupation with the future can undermine our sense of gratitude and contentment. Instead of valuing the gifts of today, we become consumed by thinking about tomorrow. Jesus reminds us to focus on what truly matters: to prioritize our relationship with Him and the present moment.
The remedy for worry
Although worry can weigh heavily on us, faith acts as its counterweight. It invites us to stay in the present and to trust in God's sovereignty over the future. Instead of apprehensively looking ahead, faith encourages us to be fully present in our current circumstances, acknowledging that each day is a gift from God Himself. When we choose faith, we are not denying the existence of challenges or concerns. Rather, we are affirming that God is in control, and His plan unfolds in each moment of our lives. Faith prompts us to view each moment as an opportunity to draw nearer to God, to deepen our relationship with Him, and to serve others with love and compassion. It enables us to find contentment and peace, regardless of the future's uncertainties.
We constantly juggle our responsibilities, ambitions, and aspirations, often becoming entangled in a web of anxiety about the future. Our worry and anxiety don't bring about a positive impact on our loved ones. Instead, our inability to find peace may contribute to their worry and anxiety.
God has His plans, and it is He who brings them to fruition. Challenges and difficulties will inevitably arise, but there is peace if you truly believe and trust in God regardless of the circumstance. So, live the present moment. Seek God continually, delight in every moment spent reading and studying His word, cherish family dinners, engage in playtime with your children, explore the Scriptures together, sing with them, or even call someone and offer words of encouragement. Avoid worrying about the future, choose faith and cast all your cares upon Jesus, who has graciously granted us each moment as a precious gift.