Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Worry refers to the thoughts, images and emotions of a negative nature in which mental attempts are made to avoid anticipated potential threats. Worry can keep us preoccupied and distracted if we have worries about our financial debts, family issues or health problems. We can lose sleep, lose our patience or even start to lose our mind. Millions of people with anxiety are taking prescriptions and are now dependent on these drugs to keep them from being anxious.
Jesus says that we should have no worries in this life as worry won’t change the outcome. Our life is more than food and the body is more important than clothes. It is sometimes easier said than done. If there is an appointment and there is traffic, anxiety can start creeping in about whether I will make it on time. For students, it is time for exams and there is certainly some anxiety and worry about how they will do. Jesus said that pagans run after all of these things like what we should eat, what we shall drink and what we should wear. The important theme is to do what is right and to seek God’s kingdom. When we have faith in God, he will provide for us.