Sweating The Small Stuff

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“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere” (Erma Bombeck).

“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due” (William Ralph Inge).

“Worry is like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain” (Wiz Khalifa).

I think we all understand the fruitlessness of worrying, and yet we still get bit by the worry bug. Nearly everyone wrestles with some level of worry. Worry happens to everyone, and often comes with some of the smallest and most insignificant issues. Honestly, there is a lot to worry about today, and it’s certainly not getting any better. We worry about children, jobs, traffic, clothing, self-appearance, school, popularity, politics, and the list keeps going on endlessly. The bottom line is, God has commanded us not to worry. Matthew 6 offers us three reasons why we shouldn’t worry.

Worry is Wasteful (vs. 27). Jesus reminds us in this verse that worrying doesn’t suddenly give us more time to fix our problems. It doesn’t add a single minute to our lives. It’s a huge waste. It not only wastes our time but also our energy. It zaps us of our strength and is even known shortens our lifespan. Worrying doesn’t actually do anything to solve the issue; it merely wastes time which could be spent working towards a solution.

Worry is Unnecessary (vs. 30). Jesus reminds us that God cares for us. He helps even the small and insignificant blades of grass in the field, so certainly He cares about us! The point is, what point is there stressing, fearing, and worrying about things when we could just take it to our loving, caring, almighty heavenly Father for help. Philip Gulley said it this way, “Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.” With God in control, worry is unnecessary.

Worry is Improper (vs. 32). One of Jesus’ points in this section is that worry is something that is seen in people who don’t follow God (at this time it was the Gentiles). You could expect to see them worrying about all sorts of things, but this isn’t something we should see in the followers of God. The same is true today. It’s almost an expectation for people who don’t rely on God to be worried and fearful about many things. As followers of God, we should stand out like a lighthouse when people see how trusting we are in God. For people who are supposed to be characterized by faith in the Lord, there is no proper place for worrying in our lives.

There are so many parts of life we could worry about, but the Lord has told us that He will take care of our needs. So why worry? It’s always better to take it to the Lord and leave it in His hands. Let’s strive to have greater faith in the Lord, to worry less, and trust that He will take care (1 Peter 5:6-7).

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