Refuse to Worry
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life” (Matthew 6:27). Are you worrying about something today? To worry means to allow something to revolve in your mind over and over again. God doesn’t want you to live worried or anxious about anything. He knows that worry steals your peace and joy. It affects every area of your life.
In Philippians 4:6, Paul said “Be anxious for nothing.” The Greek word for worry means to be distracted, or pulled apart from the more important things in life. Over here is fear, over there is hope and we are being pulled apart. How many people have been robbed of peace and fulfillment because of worry! In fact, worry even has physical consequences (Proverbs 12:25 – “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression (weighs a person down)”, and while medicine can remove the symptoms, it cannot remove the cause.
Worry is an “inside job.” You can purchase sleep at the drug store, but you cannot purchase rest. We all have so much to worry about, our families, our jobs, our health, and countless bothersome things that plague us every day. But as great as our problems are, God is greater, and He wants to help because He cares.
Jesus said worry is worthless; it never solved a problem, lifted a burden, or dried a tear. Not only is it worthless, it’s wasteful, it takes away energy. It doesn’t take the sorrow out of tomorrow; it takes the strength out of today. It is pulling tomorrow’s clouds over today’s sunshine, it is wicked and pagan (Matthew 6).
The same God who gave us commandments such as “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not kill,” also said “Do not worry.” It’s a violation of our relationship to God to question His authority by worrying. Has any good ever come out of any worrying that you’ve ever done?
When we worry about a situation, the problem gets us instead of us getting it. Jesus is not afraid of the things that cause us fear. He never said, “Don’t bring your fears to Me, I’m too busy.” Instead, He said, “I’m not afraid of the things that cause you fear. Bring your fears to Me.”
1 Peter 5:7 – “…cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”