Are you struggling with worry? The virus, your kids, your job, your church, and your health may be triggering it. I am fighting against worry. The uncertainty of the church, friends, and vaccinated family with Covid 19, and the upset nature of people tempt me. I am dealing with it. According to Jesus, worry runs into the deep of our hearts and our thinking. Jesus explained that worry reveals deep-hearted views and values.
Each person has two belief systems. We have two doctrines: the one that we profess to believe and the one that we live. Our lives may contradict our doctrinal statements. We may say that we believe that Jesus is our shelter and strength in times of trouble. But when times of trouble come at us, then we worry about our security. We may advertise on the outside a contradiction to how we are living on the inside.
Did you know that Osama Bin Laden was the most wanted man in modern history and that he was found because of his laundry? In all his efforts to live in hiding, his laundry was able to be seen and it told a different story. Bin Laden, after the 9/11 attack, lived in the mountains of Afghanistan and northern Pakistan in hiding until 2004. In 2004, Bin Laden had someone in his family buy land in Abbottabad, Pakistan, to build a custom compound that would be safe for him and his family. The structure was a fortress with a large, covered patio surrounded by a very large wall. In 2010, intelligence suggested Bin Laden may be there. The CIA studied the residents for months. While Bin Laden and much of his family never showed their faces outside, the clothesline revealed the truth about who was living inside. The residents were a large family with four wives and many children. The evidence pointed to Bin Laden. On May 1, 2011, Bin Laden was killed by American forces. He was betrayed by his laundry.
Bin Laden did everything to say that the house was just one small family. But the evidence said otherwise. For you and me, we may have correct doctrine and publish statements that express the truth, but our lives tell another story. You live out what you believe. Jesus spoke to this in the Sermon on the Mount when he discussed worry. Maybe you are like me and are facing circumstances that unsettle you to the point of provoking worry.
We are told to look at the food that the birds eat and bloom that the lilies produce to know how God will feed us and clothe us. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus told us not to worry because the Father already knows that we need that which we are worried about. He has a plan, a purpose, and a power that is beyond us. His ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. His peace far exceeds the peace that understanding brings. Jesus said that we are never more like an unbeliever than when we worry: “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them” (Matthew 6:32). What are you worried about today? He knows! Seek first His Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you. Trust Him.