11 Feb Do Not Worry
by Eric English
The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.
How often do we allow the cares of life or worry crowd out the promises of God? We give homage to the issues and disregard the promises of God, and therefore worry breeds. How does this happen?
Matt 27: 27
Some of the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters[f] and called out the entire regiment. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. 29 They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!”30 And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and struck him on the head with it.-30
The thorns from the parable of the sower represented worry. Prior to Jesus being crucified, the soldiers drove a crown of thorns on his head and beat him, while taunting Jesus about being the King of the Jews. With hundreds of soldiers yelling and beating him, Jesus was challenged to the core about his identity. Their intent was to get Jesus to lose sight of who he really was, and succumb to their brutality. But Jesus held strong to his understanding that he truly was the Son of God and willfully gave himself for humiliation.
In our lives we may not have a regiment of soldiers challenging who we really are while being beaten, but we may deal with an onslaught of negative thoughts and feelings. Worry only sets in when we lose sight that we are the Father’s children and have been given everything we need pertaining life and godliness. As long as we hold onto the “seed” which is the Word, it will spring forth life. But when we lose sight of our identity in Christ and our authority in His kingdom, we give way to thorns of worry. They will choke out the Word and keep it from producing in our lives.
We must remember it is the Word, not us, that produces fruit in our lives. When we protect the Word, then fruit is produced.
Today, realize that Jesus bore those thorns of worry and anxiety so that you can be confident and remain in peace through any situation you may face.