Why Worry?

 

‘Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life . . . .’ –Matthew 6:25 (NKJV)

 

The same God who commands us not to murder, lie, or steal also orders us, with equal force and authority, not to worry. This is a tough one for us because these other sins are external acts while worry is an internal emotion. Worry comes so naturally to us that we often don’t even realize that we’re doing it. The weight of worry can crush us, and, if we hope to avoid this, we must make a habit of doing two things.

 

First of all, we must focus on the faithfulness of God. Worry is attached to a fearful uncertainty of the future, and when we worry, we’re actually calling God’s future faithfulness into question. Yet, if anything can be established from Scripture, it’s that God is always faithful to His people. In fact, the Bible declares that it is impossible for Him to be unfaithful (2 Timothy 2:13). When do we ever see Jesus worried or questioning the faithfulness of the Father? When has God ever given us a reason to have the slightest doubt in His faithfulness? C. H. Mackintosh once observed, ‘Ten thousand mercies are so quickly forgotten in the face of a single difficulty.’ God’s faithfulness in our past warrants our present trust in Him for our future.

 

‘And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed. (Joshua 23:14 NKJV)
 
The second thing we need to do is focus on the needs of others. It’s amazing how quickly we forget about our own worries when we turn our attention to other people. By being others-centered, we turn from being self-centered, which is the catalyst for worry. God’s provision for what we worry about is often found as we help others. Don’t forget that the disciples were each left with a basketful of bread after they had served the multitudes (John 6:13).

 Pastor Bob Coy, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, FL

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