2 Comforting Lessons for the Worrier
Raise your hand if you tend to worry a lot… *begrudgingly raises hand* Yeah, that’s me! I know what it’s like to have swimming thoughts, feelings of anxiety, and constant worries filling my head. As much as I hate it, I jump to anxious “what-if” scenarios fueled from fear instead of looking for a positive outcome.
If you’re reading this, then I assume you can relate. The truth is that a life filled with worry and fear is such a burden to bear, and the weight can be crushing! But the good news? God never intended it to be this way!
The Lord does not want us worry. In fact, He commands us to be brave! And if God tells us to do something, He always makes a way for it to happen. If you feel suffocated by the weight of anxiety or worrisome thoughts, I have two comforting lessons to share with you today.
God showed me these powerful revelations as I was reading Matthew 16:5-12. Today we’re going to dive deeper into these verses and study two lessons for the worrier!
I think this story of Jesus speaking with the disciples is such as intriguing one. At first it can seem confusing, but if you look closely you’ll see an important message to be shared. The first lesson the Lord showed me in verses five through ten is this: Don’t forget what Jesus has done in the past.
When we worry, we are generally only looking to the future. Our thoughts are focused on what’s going to happen (or may happen) tomorrow, later in the day, the next hour, anything but what has happened in the past.
The truth is that Jesus always comes through. He never leaves us, forsakes us, or abandons us. He never has and He never will! We see Jesus remind the disciples of this in this passage.
The disciples are worried about what they will eat next, so Jesus gently reminds them of how He provided an overabundance of food from the bare minimum multiple times. He had the power to feed thousands of people from one serving of food, and yet the disciples are still wondering where their next meal will come from.
When we ourselves worry about our lives, we are doing the same thing the disciples did. We’re forgetting how Jesus has always came through for us in the past, and doubting that He can do it again.
If you’re worrying about the future, choose to look at your past and remember what Jesus has done for you before. It should strengthen your faith and bring comfort like no other!
Another huge lesson that God showed me about worry is that it can cause us to miss powerful messages from the Lord. We can see in this story that Jesus is trying to teach the disciples through a metaphor. The mention of yeast and bread was not meant to be a reference to their next meal, yet all the disciples could focus on was what would be for dinner.
Jesus reminds them at the end of this passage that He was never talking about true yeast used in bread, but about the false teaches of the Pharisees— the true message He was trying to teach.
When we worry, it causes our focus to turn away from God. We’re caught up in our anxious thoughts and “what-if” scenarios, and not focused on the faithfulness and goodness of our Lord. Because our minds and hearts are elsewhere, we can truly be missing out on powerful messages, growth, and comfort from God.
Just like the disciples missed out on the point of Jesus’ story because they were too concerned with their worries, we can also miss something important God is trying to show us.
When we can turn our thoughts away from the worries of the future, and look at what God is doing in the present, we can experience tremendous growth and breakthroughs in our relationship with the Lord!
To recap, two comforting lessons to remember if you’re a worrier:
Remember what Jesus has done in the past. He always comes through!
Don’t let your worries distract you from the important message God is trying to show you.
If you worry a lot, there is freedom in Jesus Christ from the anxious thoughts! Always pray and always seek His peace and He promises that you will find it, friend. <3
And for more help with worry or anxious thoughts check out these great resources:
Yours in Christ,
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