An Ally of Worry
If we think of worry as an enemy, what would be worry’s ally? I suppose there are many things that could be the ally of worry. First, I think expectations are often an ally of worry. We are tempted to establish expectations of what our lives should be like and when those expectations are not met, we begin to worry. Another ally of worry might be fear. Fear causes us to worry about finances or our future.
In verse 33 Jesus hints at another ally of worry. Jesus says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Another ally of worry is distraction from seeking God. The clear command here is to put first in our lives the “seeking of God”. If we seek first the kingdom of God, we will be able to keep our focus on Him; on our belonging to Him and on His care for us. But when we are distracted, when our attention is focused on other things, worry can set in. Seeking God doesn’t mean that everything will go well. It doesn’t mean that you will be healthy or wealthy. But seeking God keeps us centered on Him and His will.
What are you focused on? What are you seeking? The enemy of worry is seeking God.