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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Why I Shouldn’t Worry

In review of Matthew 6:25 it says,“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?”
 
Bottom Line:
Don’t worry about your life, what we eat, drink or wear. Life if more than just these things.

What this means to me:
I should never worry about my life; what I’ll eat, drink or wear. Life if more than just these things.

What I’m learning is that worry is essentially a control issue. Its me trying to control the uncontrollable. I can’t control the economy, so I tend to worry about it. I can’t control what happens to those around me, so we worry about them. I can’t control the future, so I worry about it. But in reality worry never solves anything! It’s stewing without doing.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus provides four reasons for me to not worry:

First, worry is unreasonable. Matthew 6:25 says, “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?” (NIV) In this, Jesus is indicating that if it’s not going to last, don’t worry about it. To worry about something you can change is stupid. To worry about something you can’t change is useless. Either way, it’s unreasonable to worry.

Secondly, worry is unnatural. Jesus gives us an illustration from nature in Matthew 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” There’s only one thing in all of God’s creation that worries: human beings. We’re the only things God has created that don’t trust him, and God says this is unnatural.

Thirdly, worry is unhelpful. It doesn’t change anything. Matthew 6:27 says, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” When you worry about a problem, it doesn’t bring you one inch closer to the solution. It’s like sitting in a rocking chair — a lot of activity, energy, and motion, but no progress. Worry doesn’t change anything except you. It makes you miserable!

Lastly, worry is unnecessary. Matthew 6:30 says, “If God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O men of little faith?” (TLB) If you trust in God, you don’t need to worry. Why? Because he has promised to take care of all your needs: “God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NIV).

Does this include bills, relational conflicts, dreams, goals, ambitions, and health issues? Scripture tells me, God will meet all my needs in Christ.

So Don’t worry about it!

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