Do you ever worry? We all do, but we ought not. Worry is not just a weakness; it’s a wickedness. Three times in the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord says “Take no thought,” which actually means “take no anxious worry.” To each worrier He says,
…Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment? (Matthew 6:25)
“Take no thought” doesn’t mean don’t plan ahead. The Bible praises the ant that stores up for the winter. It’s not foresight but foreboding that’s forbidden. Don’t reach into tomorrow and borrow trouble. Worry is the interest paid on borrowed trouble. Don’t pull tomorrow’s clouds over today’s sunshine.
To win the war with worry, we must…
RECOGNIZE THE CAUSE No matter our life stage, we can find something to worry about. The ignorant worry because they don’t know enough; the smart because they know too much. The rich fear losing what they have; the poor fear not having enough. The old worry because they’re facing death; the young because they’re facing life.
“Behold, the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (v. 26).
Jesus reasons, “If God takes care of the birds, isn’t He going to take care of you? What farmer would feed his barnyard chickens, then starve his beloved children?” “Take therefore no thought for the morrow…” (v. 34). Most of us worry about food, clothing, shelter—will we have enough?
UNDERSTAND THE COST Worry is absolutely useless. It never dried a tear, lifted a burden, or solved a problem. Worse yet, it’s harmful. Like sand in machinery, worry won’t lengthen your life, but it may shorten it. You can worry yourself to death but not into a longer life.
Worry buries blessing. There are blessings all around if you’ll look. Worry blinds you to the blessings of today.
Worry steals strength. Worry is contagious—it spreads gloom everywhere, taking the joy out of today and the strength out of tomorrow. When we pile tomorrow’s problems onto today, it breaks us down. You arrive at tomorrow out of breath because you’ve been carrying today a double load that God didn’t intend.
Worry is a wound in the heart of God. “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (v. 30). Worry is an insult to God. It says, “God, Romans 8:28 is a lie.” Worry has you living like a pagan, thinking like the world, not someone who has a heavenly Father.
TRUST IN THE LORD “…your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of these things” (v. 32). Someone loves you so incredibly that He gave His dear Son. He knows all about you. “Not a sparrow falls…” but that God is there. Even the hairs of your head are numbered. Your Father in heaven knows, cares, and loves.
REFOCUS Redirect your focus to what really matters. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). God says, “You take care of My business, and I’ll take care of yours.”
SEE BEYOND TODAY Because God loves you, He arranges some problems for you. We wouldn’t come to God, trust Him, or lean on Him if we didn’t have problems. Trouble reminds us that we must come to God.
RECEIVE SUFFICIENT GRACE All sunshine makes a desert, so our Lord allows some trouble. But with the sufficient trouble, God gives us sufficient grace for today. The God Who designed you knows how much you can bear. “But He giveth more grace…” (James 4:6).
God will not give you a burden you cannot bear if you’ll use the strength He gives. Don’t let worry bury blessings or steal strength. Live today. “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
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