In a fallen world, any number of things can go horribly wrong. Drunk drivers come out of nowhere, mow down a newly married couple, and walk away without a scratch. Cancer exists. Greedy executives embezzle money and plummet whole companies (and workers) into ruin. Terrorists slaughter innocent people. An entire back market exists on the internet for every kind of ghastly and unspeakable sexual proclivity. People are murdered by cold-hearted thugs who “just wanted to see what it feels like.” And lesser matters—broken-down cars, student loan debt, marital squabbles, monthly bills—weigh on millions of people, causing sleepless nights and snippy conversations.
All of these situations and untold thousands (millions?) more are a direct result of living in a cursed environment, and all of them are causes for a universal besetting sin: Worry. Worry is a weighing down with concern or anxiety to the point of distraction. And because it is distracting, it siphons focus and energy from the good work we would do for our risen Lord (cf. Acts 20:19a; 1 Cor. 15:58; Tit. 3:14). Our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, who came into the world to redeem sinful men and inaugurate His eschatological rule over a fallen world and take back what is rightfully His as both God and divinely-promised human king, gave the Sermon on the Mount to outline the character and ways of His present and future kingdom. Because worry is the antithesis to the faith He demands of His people, and the faith through which He works and extends His program in the world, it is not surprising He spends much time in the Sermon taking from us every possible avenue we have to engage in worry. In Matthew 6:24-34, Jesus gives five reasons believers can and must be free from worry. Read more