Lesson 5 of the Gospel Advocate’s “Foundations” study book (Fall 2017, Preaching and Ministry) covered Jesus’ lesson on “worry” from Matthew 6:25-34.
In the discussion question section, “Why is worry a problem for so many people?” was asked.
Our class didn’t make it to that question, but here are my thoughts.
Due to obvious reasons it’s a good question. I think some of the answers can be as obvious too.
- Uncertainty is a universal problem. Weather affects all. Bills have to be paid by most. Tight finances. Parents want good things for their children…sometimes only food. Jobs are not a given. Forces of evil are ever-present. It’s easy to see why people all over the place worry. It’s easy to do.
- We do not listen to Jesus. It may be an overly simplistic answer for some but it does not change its essence. Trusting Jesus’ word goes a long way in life’s worries. Such was true with the twelve during Jesus’ earthly ministry, and such has been true with the disciples who have followed Jesus during his heavenly ministry.
Talking about our worries helps to ease them, especially with someone who cares. So we need to talk with the Father, as the Son did, about issues that are important to us and then trust that he knows about our needs, as the Son said (Matthew 6:32), and let that knowledge help to settle our hearts when it comes to the uncertainties of life.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV)