Worry or Pride

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Today’s Scripture: Matthew 6

Matthew 6:28-30
28 And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.

The long slender petals of the trout lily, the intense whiteness of the trillium and bloodroot, the delicate petals of the spring beauty, and the gentle, unfurling of the fern frond all tell me there is a God. When I enter the woods in the spring, I am reminded that the God who created this amazing world is taking care of me. The God who created flowers in every shade and shape and who creates them to bloom in all their splendor without the aid of any human also directs my life.

And yet at the first sign of trouble in my safe, sheltered world, I begin to worry. I worry about my sick child who just can’t seem to shake a virus. I worry about the long trip my husband has to take for work. I worry that in all of my intense striving to be the best mother possible, I won’t ever be enough. Sometimes I worry that if I don’t worry about something, then it will be sure to happen.

When I remind God that I’m aware of the “worst-case scenario,” I somehow believe I am protecting myself against that fear actually occurring. Yet, throughout Scripture, God continually reminds us that there is no reason to fear — that worrying is not only unnecessary, but also sinful. I realize my need to worry is directly correlated with my desire to control. I believe that when I worry about something, I am controlling the outcome in some way, but actually it is my pride that tells me I can control my life and the outcomes with my worry.

Matthew 6:31-33
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

When I try controlling the things in my life, I am telling God I don’t need him. I can take care of myself and my family. I know what is best for my life, and I cannot trust him to take care of me. During this striving for control, I feel stressed and anxious. I know in the depths of my soul that I am not enough. I am not God.

When I allow, however, the words of verse 33 to pour their balm over my anxious heart, I find peace. I discover that if I seek God first, I won’t waste my time worrying, but I will spend my time honoring him and he will provide for my every need. He who clothes the lilies of the field and feeds the birds of the air will meet my every need. So even if the “worst-case scenario” happens — and it rarely does — I rest in the knowledge that he will take care of me. Then, and only then, can I rest in the peace that passes all understanding.

Questions:
How big of a role does worry play in your life?

Have you ever considered that your worrying is really a sign of pride?

Next Steps:
Reread verses 25-34. Think of one or two areas in your life you constantly worry about. Allow the truth of those verses to guide you as you claim the promise that God will give you everything you need.

Prayer:
Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for providing us with visible reminders of how you care for your creation. Thank you for the beauty we see around us in every season that shows us your artistry. Forgive me for my anxiety and pride. Forgive me for wanting to control my life and setting myself up as a god. Help me to seek you first and rest in the knowledge that you will provide for my every need. Amen.


This post was written by Julie Mabus. Julie has a passion for thinking about big ideas, art, reading, and seeing God reveal himself through creation. She is married and is homeschooling her five young children.


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4 replies
  1. Todd Romain
    Todd Romain says:

    What a thought-provoking post. Thanks so much for sharing this practical and comforting message, Julie.

  2. Dianna Canales
    Dianna Canales says:

    I never thought of worry as sinful or prideful. It does make sense though that everytime I am worried about a job my stomach lurches and I stay anxious. It hasn’t been until recently that I got like this. There was never a worry before hand, since leaving my job I have begun to continually worry about a new job to provide for my family. I ask for prayers in allowing God to have the reins because ultimately, I have no control. Thanks Julie for this Bible study today.

  3. MARTHA PRECKLER
    MARTHA PRECKLER says:

    Dear Julie,
    You are so right. Thank you for directing me to Matthew 6:25-34 Those verses are a balm to my anxious heart.
    May our Lord continue to richly bless you, sister.
    Sincerely,
    Martha Preckler

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