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?
In the NKJV, "worry" or "worrying" occurs 6 times in 10 verses (Matthew 6:24-34). The Greek word for "worry" is μεριμνάω, which is
- "to have the thoughts occupied with;
- to be anxious; to divide the mind".
What's an antonym for worry? Peace.
The world defines peace as the absence of war. However, the peace of God is the sort that enables one to be at rest in the midst of the battle.
While the storms are raging all around one can know the peace of God! In John 14:27, Jesus said: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage." You say: "Wayne, you don't know my situation! I have more than enough reason to be anxious; to be worried." Friend, that may be true. On a human level you may indeed have enough reason to be worried; the circumstances may dictate that you should be worried. By no means am I belittling your situation. However, amidst the voice of your situation; amidst the thundering of the storm, could I invite you to hear His still small voice - those words that emanate from the heart of Father God's to yours today.
“Do not worry!"
"I care for you! I love you!”
"I am with you always!"
Be at peace in Him!
Lord, the road is a tough one
The storm is raging fierce and wild;
Help me to rest in the peace that you give;
In the knowledge that I am your child.