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March 14, 2018, 7:44 AM

Do Not Worry

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry… Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:25-27)

Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it will never get you anywhere! Our pressure-packed world offers countless opportunities for anxiety, anguish, and worry. No wonder many of us spend an inordinate amount of time worrying. Friends, God does not merely frown upon worry; as O.S. Hawkins points out, He expressly forbids us to worry. With this in mind, the following four principles may help us more easily resist the forbidden fruit of worry.

1. It’s foolish to worry. In Matthew 6:27 Jesus encouraged us to look at the birds of the air. They don’t plant crops or gather a harvest. They don’t build barns or storehouses. The Father simply feeds them, a fact that prompted Jesus to ask His listeners. “Are you not of more value than they?” (6:26). Instead of using a great soaring bald eagle to illustrate this truth, Jesus spoke of the little field sparrows: “Not one of them falls to the ground apart from the will of your Father” (10:29). These tiny birds – two were sold for a single copper coin – are vastly inferior and of far less value than you and I. So, it makes sense that our Sovereign Lord, who provides for the birds, will also provide for our needs.

2. It is futile to worry. Not only is it sheer folly to worry, it is also futile. To help us realize this, Jesus asked, “Which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matt. 6:27). The psalmist reminded us that our days on earth were already numbered before we lived a single one of them or drew a single breath (Psalm 139:16). So, what will worry do for you? Absolutely nothing! Worrying has never solved a single problem. In fact, it has complicated and compounded many of them.

3. It is frustrating to worry. In Matthew 6, Jesus turns our attention to the lilies growing wild in the fields that “neither toil nor spin” (v. 28). They don’t punch a time clock or worry about how they look or what they wear. Specifically, he calls us to “consider… how they grow.” Growth remains something of a mystery: How does a tiny seed ultimately become a beautiful flower? How does a speck of protoplasm, undetected by the human eye, become a human being with all the intricacies of a circulatory system, respiratory system, nervous system, digestive system, and the like? Jesus wanted us to remember that the same God of glory who watches over those lilies watches over you and me. Focus on Him. Worry will never take you anywhere except to frustration.

4. It is faithless to worry. Jesus was very direct: “If God so clothes the grass of the field… will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matt. 6:30). This gentle rebuke reminds us that worry is a lack of faith in God’s promise to protect and provide for His people. The real test of our spiritual maturity is not so much our actions as our reactions. Worry is not just foolish, futile, and frustrating. The most damaging aspect of worry is that it reveals our lack of trust in God and His promises.

Let us join in prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving and creating me. Help me to trust you through all the seasons of life. Teach me not to be anxious about anything. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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