TUESDAY, JANUARY 26
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things”
Luke 10:41 (ESV)
ANXIETY: CONSUMING CONCERNS
“It was one of the worst days of my life: The washing machine broke down, the telephone kept ringing, my head ached, and the mail carrier brought a bill I had no money to pay. Almost to the breaking point, I lifted my one-year-old into his high-chair, leaned my head against the tray, and began to cry. Without a word, my son took his pacifier out of his mouth and stuck it in mine.” (Clara Null)
There are times when the challenges of life can be absolutely consuming. In Luke 10, Martha’s unchecked concerns quickly turned in to consuming concerns that led to anxiety. Jesus told Martha she was “distracted by much service.” The word “distracted” means drawn away. In essence, Martha was being drawn every which way in her busyness, except to the feet of Jesus.
Jesus repeatedly warned his disciples against undue anxiety, as he did Martha. They were not to worry about the cares of everyday life (Lk 12:22), for this is unproductive and incompatible with faith in a loving heavenly Father, who cares for his children’s needs (Lk 12:23–30).
How have everyday concerns begun to consume your heart and mind? Are they pulling you away from time with Jesus and trusting Jesus? Ask God to show you how He wants you to deal with any consuming concerns you may have.