Anxiety in the Bible

Matthew 6:25-34

“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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  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?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?  “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  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, O you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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I decided to research verses in the bible that presented a view on anxiety. I chose this verse in particular because I noticed how the things that were associated with bringing anxiety during this period, was still relevant in today’s society. I think this verse states the idea that material things are inferior to things, in terms of importance, such as life and body. The verse hints at the idea that as long as you avidly “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness….all these things will be given to you as well” According to www.goodnotsafe.com, in seeking God’s kingdom, we strive for God’s perfect reign on earth as it is in heaven (Michael Wiebe). matthew_6_25_34_by_hopedreamer17-d2yj65tGod’s kingdom is free of the imperfections we see on Earth.It is the things we do not expect to see in heaven; wars, starving children, people who ignore or reject God’s love (Michael Wiebe). The righteousness we seek in personal holiness, being morally intact and kind to others. This verse gives examples of God’s gifts of the material things that cause worry and anxiety. The birds for example, do not worry about food but God feeds them. I think this passage, for people who are religious, is a way of coping with anxiety. If they strongly believe that God will provide for them if they search for peace and positive personal development, it will not only obligate people to do strive for good, but also make people expect that if they do, they will receive a reward in the form of food and clothes.

http://www.goodnotsafe.com/seek_first.html

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  1. I think you are correct with the “lilies of the field” quote…I feel less anxious after reading it!
    You should put in quotes what others have written…hard to tell what is yours here:
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