I’ve been having a difficult time sleeping for well over a month, and it is becoming debilitating, even though somehow I’m still able to get up and go to work. This morning I heard the message the Lord sent to me, Freedom from Anxiety by Dr. Tony Evans. The text of this message comes from Matt 6:25-34, where Jesus tells us not to worry. The Greek word used for worry in this passage means an unraveling (as in confidence). If we are worrying, we aren’t confident in God’s Word. This is a command to the believer not to worry or be anxious for anything in life that is necessary because God, who knows our current condition, will provide for us.
When we worry, we’re no better than non-believers – pagans (v 32). We worry when our spiritual priorities are out of order, because it’s then that we don’t expect God to come through. Now I haven’t before this morning stopped to realize that I’m worrying. But if I weren’t worrying, I would be able to rest because my trust and my hope would be focused on Him. Somewhere in the last few months I’ve lost my focus, I’ve stopped putting Him first and I’m paying the price by spending my time worrying, and thus not entering His rest.
This sermon reminded me that the Lord MUST be first. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt 6:33) Because when our spiritual priorities are out of order, we can’t expect God to come through for us.
But when we are focused on Him first, we expect that He will provide what we need, including refreshment and rest. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.” (Jer 17:7-8)