Have you ever read Scripture that makes you squirm in your seat a bit, or maybe you just quickly skim over it hoping that you will feel a little less uncomfortable?
Matthew 6: 25-34 is a portion of Scripture I tend to avoid because I’m challenged to the core every time I read it.
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ “
“Do not worry…” oh how easy and simple it sounds but yet I find myself time and time again sitting in that old rocking chair of worry.
The what-ifs, the uncertainties of life, the great big unknowns and I can go on and on. As you read this you may already have your own list going in your head.
Corrie ten Boom says, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”
A few days ago, this topic came up as I was talking with someone. She just happened to be reading this very same portion of Scripture. I shared about how those verses are always challenging me. That conversation prompted me to go looking at my notes that I had jotted down a while back.
” merimnáō (from 3308 /mérimna, “a part, as opposed to the whole”) – properly, drawn in opposite directions; “divided into parts” (A. T. Robertson); (figuratively) “to go to pieces” because pulled apart (in different directions)” (Bible Hub)
I couldn’t have come up with a better definition of this word. When I allow worry to consume my thoughts I am divided, I am stretched and pulled in all different directions and there is no peace.
Worry and peace can’t co-exist.
I began to ask myself why would Jesus tell us not to worry. This question led me to some verses that really helped to bring clarity and comfort to my life.
Ephesians 2:14 tells us Jesus himself is our peace.
In John 14:27, Jesus tells us, “Peace, I leave with you, My peace I give to you…”
I love the New Living Translation for this verse: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
The word gift jumps out at me because of the definition of the word peace.
“eirḗnē (from eirō, “to join, tie together into a whole”) – properly, wholeness, i.e. when all essential parts are joined together; peace (God’s gift of wholeness).” (Bible Hub)
Peace= God’s gift of wholeness. Wholeness. When Jesus said “do not worry”, I believe He was also assuring us that in Him we don’t have to be pulled in all directions, we don’t have to be divided.
He offers to take all those pieces, all our worries, and make us whole again. He waits with His gift, all we need to do is let go, free our hands of all our broken pieces of worry and receive.
May I learn to accept God’s gift of wholeness today.