The Most Common "Sin"
A constant battle is what it is! Being anxious for nothing,not worrying, not being fearful. It is often called a sin in our vernacular, however it is not found stated that way in Scripture.While the Bible never explicitly says that worry is a sin, we can conclude this based on Scripture. That’s because most worry or anxiety is a failure to trust God and His goodness or to believe what He told us in that context. In Matthew 6, Jesus holds a lengthy discourse on the topic of not worrying, but trusting. The closest He comes to categorizing it as a sin is in verse 30 where He says: " o you of little faith". He then continues, very directly saying, "Do Not Worry".
Some interesting questions and examples are posed by the Lord in this passage. Worth thinking about and praying about are : " Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" The fact is that we know from many sources that worry and anxiety shorten our lives and worse, diminish the quality of the time we do have.
He continues "do not worry, saying What shall we eat? What shall we drink? What shall we wear? for the Pagans run around after these things." He is saying that these non-believing people have lives that are dominated by a fear-filled, untrusting, attitude. Those without faith tumble down mental stairwells of anxiety; Pagans and, unfortunately,Believers alike.
But He says to the Believer, "look around you". See the world God has created and how he has provided in His way for everything created. He says "seek daily bread", not 2 years worth in the freezer. He says seek peace in Me, I am the bread life is made of. God knows the need before we even see it coming. When it arrives, know that the best thing you can do is "seek the Kingdom", also known as, pray about it! Make it a first inclination not a last resort. He also says," seek righteousness", also known as, seek to do the right thing and act on it. And clearly the right thing is not worrying or at least stopping the process of tumbling down the "stairs of anxiety".
As a commentary puts it,"Since “sin” is, at its core, “missing the mark” that God has set for us, then worrying is not living up to God’s standard. Jesus made the mark clear here, and our sin is failing to believe that God will care for us, even though He promised to do so. Of course, we all fall short of this mark and allow ourselves to worry. And you’ll find quite a bit of worry in the Psalms and in the actions of Jesus’ followers. That’s why we have to be even more grateful that God sent Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins, including our lack of trust in Him."
Jesus ends with in verse 34, " Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own".. Amen and Amen.
I cant resist ending with this loose construct of scripture.... "Don't worry, be happy" :)