With the 2020 election day less than two weeks away, a lot of folks who work for Members of Congress on Capitol Hill or back home in their home states are worried, really worried, about what happens when the votes are all counted.
There will be winners and losers, so a lot of staff members will be looking for new jobs come January 2021 either because voters turned thumbs down on their bosses or their bosses opted not to seek re-election. It happens this way every two years, but that doesn’t make it any less stressful. But, as Kurt Brouwer explains below, Jesus has the answer to such worries:
By Kurt Brouwer
In the most famous sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus showed us how to live without worry and learn to trust and obey God. Let’s break this down a bit to see what Jesus said about living without worry:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not 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?” — MATTHEW 6:25-26 NIV
In the passage above from Matthew 6, Jesus made it clear that God values us. He then tells us not to worry about trivial things. In this case, He mentioned what you eat and what you wear.
If you’re starving or naked, then that is worth worrying over. However, as long as you have enough food or clothes, Jesus pointed out that worry actually does nothing for us:
“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” — MATTHEW 6:27 NIV
Worry robs us…
Does worry help us? Does it lengthen our lives? No. In fact, worry robs us. When we worry, we actually get nothing done and we’re miserable. What a waste of time! Jesus then shows us how to live free of worry:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” — MATTHEW 6:33-34 NIV
God created the universe with all its incredible natural laws. He created order, not chaos. in the passage above, Jesus shows us the proper order for living, which is:
Seek God’s kingdom first
Seek God’s kingdom first. Then, and only then, should we consider what we need to do today. By today, Jesus meant today. We can only do something now, at this moment. We cannot do something tomorrow until tomorrow comes. So each day has enough for us to do.
Wasting my time in worry
Rather than following the message of Christ, I have often reverted to the ways of the world. Trying and trying to get things right. Worrying when they aren’t right. Waking up at 3AM to fret about something or other.
I would bring numerous possible future events into the present. I’d worry about what might happen or what might not happen. All of that worry and fretting and anxiety is not only unnecessary, it’s harmful. It never did me any good at all. In fact, I’ve realized that worry separates us from God.
Worry is just a mild form of atheism
The best definition of worry I’ve seen came from a western novel: “Worry is just a mild form of atheism.” — William Black, “Sheer Will of a Lawman”
Are you worried right now?
For example, say you’re worried that you might get laid off or perhaps you’ve lost your job already. Will you be able to feed yourself and your family? In this case, you have legitimate concerns.
You may have good reasons to worry about tomorrow in human terms, yet Jesus tells us not to worry. How should we reconcile those two opposing thoughts? Jesus tells us not to worry. Instead, He wants us to plan things out.
Jesus tells us to plan things out
Worry weakens our abilities and our resolve, but careful thinking, planning, and praying can strengthen us. If there is something useful you can do today about your work, then do it.
Seek unemployment. Talk to family and friends about potential jobs. Go to your church and see what resources they have that could help you. Look for a new job.
In terms of work, search your soul to see if you were the best employee you could have been. If not, plan out what you can do to be better. At home, cut spending as much as you can. Tell your family to let them know hard times may be coming. Pray with them. Pray on your own.
But don’t worry about it. Instead of worrying, which does nothing, pray for guidance and strength to do what you need to do. Jesus tells us to plan things out. If there is something you need to do, then plan it out. Figure out the cost and the steps needed and then develop your plan:
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? — LUKE 14:28-31 NIV
Building a tower or fighting a war … or getting a new job. Plan out the things you need to do. Then, live according to God and remain obedient to Him.
Take captive every thought
Whenever you begin to worry about something, just take that thought captive and turn it back to God:
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” — 2 CORINTHIANS 10:5 NIV
You don’t have to be stressed, anxious, or worried. Do whatever you can objectively. Once you’ve done all you can, take captive those anxious thoughts and turn to Jesus. Use the verses I’ve given above. Don’t worry.
Action cures fear
If there is something useful you can do today, then do it. Take action. Action cures fear. Instead of worrying, which does nothing, pray for guidance and strength, then take action.
Reprinted with permission of the author. Not familiar with Kurt Brouwer? He’s an interesting guy – made a fortune in the financial industry, lives in Hawaii, and thoughtfully shares his faith in Jesus Christ and practical advice about living it out in the real world.
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