“I don’t have a care in the world,” so no one EVER who was being honest. We all worry. It’s part of our human nature. But Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:25-34, that we are not to worry. But don’t misunderstand…that doesn’t mean that we are not to plan for life or be concerned about things.
But why is worry wrong? Well, because Jesus said so! But honestly, worrying limits God and His purpose or plan for our lives. Worry is wrong for five reasons that I can see based on Matthew 6:25-34.
- It is inconsistent. You find verse 25. You cannot believe in a Creator God and not a Sustainer God.
- It is irrational. You find this in Matthew 6:26, Luke 12:6, and Matthew 10:29. God sees the invaluable sparrow and sees when one of them falls. He has our hairs numbered. If He cares this much about sparrows and hair, He can surely take care of our deeper needs.
- It is ineffective. Matthew 6:27 reminds us of that. We cannot add a single day, minute, or second to our life by worrying. Worrying is the most ineffective use of our time because it accomplishes nothing.
- It is illogical. Look at Matthew 6:28-30. If God cares for the petals on a flower, how much more does He care for you and me? He send His Son to die for us so that we could live forever!
- It is irreligious. Matthew 6:31-32 tells us that if you work you are just like an unbeliever. James 1:17 tells that every good gift is from the Father above. As Christians, we should know and believe this! Matthew 6:32 tells us that God knows what you need. Therefore, we need to trust Him which makes worry irreligious.
So, how do we fight worry? I think there are two main components.
First, we have to get a proper system of priorities in your life. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek God first and then all the other things that unbelievers worry about will be given to you. If you’ve been to church at all in your life, you probably have this verse memorized. We may know a Bible verse, but living it out is another issue.
Second, we have to have a strategic plan for carrying out the priorities in your life. We find that advice in Matthew 6:34. Every day has its own limits, kind of like the weight limit on a boat. We won’t sink under the weight of today, but when you add tomorrow’s worries, we are over the weight limit and will sink. So how do we make sure we won’t sink?
- Don’t dwell on tomorrow’s stress. Deuteronomy 33:25 says to leave tomorrow alone. One thing I’ve learned lately is that God gives us strength and grace for today, not for today and tomorrow.
- Don’t dwell on yesterday’s mess. You can’t change what happened in the past, so why think about it and keep rehashing it?
- Don’t dwell on yesterday’s success. Did you ever notice how we can be guilty of working about positive things too? Yesterday was yesterday…move on.
- Don’t dwell on yesterday’s distress. Everyone has sorrows and heartaches. WE need to let go of our heartbreak. Keep walking out of the shadow of death (Psalm 23). Grief and sorrow are emotions but are not permanent. If you dwell on them, you will miss out on good things today.
Remember, God is YAHWEH…the I AM. He’s the God of the present. He’s not “I WAS”, the God of the past. He’s not “I WILL BE”, the God of the future. He was with you in the past and He will be with you in the future, but He is RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW. I AM!!!