Living Without Worry
I heard about an exasperated husband who asked his wife, “Why are you always worrying when it doesn’t do any good?” She quickly piped back, “Oh yes it does! Ninety percent of the things I worry about never happen.”
Imagine coming to my office truly worried about a situation or a person and after listening to you, all I say to you is two words: “Don’t worry.” How would you react/respond to that? Yet that is exactly what Jesus would say if He were your counselor/pastor. He used Paul to write to us, “Do not be anxious (worry) about anything…” (Philippians 4:6). And in Matthew 6, Jesus gave us three reasons why we should NEVER worry about anything in life. First, we have a Heavenly Father who knows and cares about us (Rom. 8:32). The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of that life. Second, worry doesn’t add value to our lives; instead it subtracts joy, peace and adds pain of ulcers, etc. Worrying is more harmful than helpful (v. 27). Third, when we worry we are no different than pagans (those who don’t have a relationship with God – v. 32)
How do we get pass our worry? Now there is a difference between “Do not worry” from me and when those same words come from Jesus. He predicted His own death and resurrection and pulled it off so I think He is worth listening to. In Matthew 6 He taught that faith in the Father and focus on His Rule and Righteousness are the solutions to worry. In other words when we have faith in the Father and pursue His rule over our lives and His righteousness in our lives, there won’t be any room for worry in our hearts and minds. So instead of worrying look one way at a time and live one day at a time. This keeps us from being consumed with worry. You see, God doesn’t give us strength to see tomorrow because we might not be even there tomorrow.
Point to Ponder
“Let us give up our work, our plans, ourselves, our lives, our loved ones, our influence, our all, right into God’s hand; and then, when we have given all over to Him, there will be nothing left for us be troubled about.” Hudson Taylor
Have a blessed Wednesday.