Matthew 6:25-34

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Panic Button

Praying Effectively

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

Nowadays, if someone is said to “push the panic button,” we don't take it literally. Usually it means people are overreacting; have let their emotions run away with them; or in short—they are panicking. For a while, though, pilots had a physical panic button they could push as a last option in dangerous situations. The idea of the panic button originated with American Air Force pilots during the Korean War. Literally, the panic button was the same as the eject button. A group of young men in a stressful situation will make slang words for almost everything and so “don't hit the panic button” entered the military lexicon as a way to mock each other and the wartime situation. It became a humorous expression to cover almost any circumstance where someone needed to relax. Because of those early pilots' sense of humor, the phrase “the panic button,” is still in common usage.

I am often quick to hit the panic button in life. This means I am more likely to worry or be anxious instead of hitting the “seek God button” and trusting Him to provide what I need. I suspect I am not the only believer who tends to hit the panic button quickly, nor am I the first. Jesus seemed to be communicating a simple truth to His followers about how to survive desperate circumstances without panicking. His message? Seek God more than you seek a solution. Instead of allowing ourselves to be overly anxious about life circumstances, seek God first and trust Him to provide what we need when we need it.