Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Worry Is a Lack of Trust
Have you ever considered worry as a lack of trust in God to provide for you? I have been guilty of this and still have a daily or weekly battle with it. Jesus tried to reassure us that God takes care of the birds of the air in such a way that they don’t even have need of a place to store their food for tomorrow. Aren’t we of much greater value to God than the birds (Matthew 6:26)? Of course we are. When we worry, we’re basically communicating to God, “God, I don’t trust You.” My children are all grown now, but if they came up to me every day and said “Dad, I’m worried that we’re not going to have the money to pay the rent or buy food,” I’d be a bit grieved by this. I’d tell them that I have much greater resources than they do. They have only an allowance; I have the checkbook. If they kept telling me they were worried, I’d not be happy about that because it would show they didn’t trust me. Now think how God must feel about it when we worry.
Worry Is Pointless
A recent study I heard about said that about 85% of the things we worry about don’t ever come to pass. Why worry so much over things that mostly don’t come to pass anyway? The flowers of the field don’t strive and toil to survive, yet their beauty is unsurpassed by the splendor of King Solomon (Matthew 6:28-29). When we worry over things that will probably never happen, it’s pointless, isn’t it? Even those things that do come to pass that we worry about are probably things we can’t change anyway. So why worry over things we can’t change and over things that will never happen? If there are things you can’t change, it’s useless to worry about them anyway. Have you ever thought about what your worrying communicates to God?
Worry Is Wasted Energy
Worry can’t even add a single hour to our lives (Matthew 6:27). In fact, worry can shorten your life because worry causes stress, which weakens the immune system and makes you more vulnerable to diseases and illnesses. It is simply a waste of energy. Worry does nothing to solve our problems–it just adds another problem to our lives. Think about how worry makes God feel. What does it communicate to Him? Surely, it tells Him that you don’t trust Him. God’s Word promises that He will not “let the godly go hungry” (Proverbs 10:3). Do you trust God? Do you believe His Word?
A Closing Prayer
Father, please forgive me for all the times I’ve doubted You and not trusted You by my worrying over things in my life. I need to learn to be more in Your Word so that I can trust You more and read about all Your sure and certain promises because I know You’re faithful, and in Jesus’ name I pray.
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