Why Worry?

I love Matthew 6:25-34.  If you have not read it recently, give it a quick read.  It’ll only take a couple of minutes to read.  I’ll wait for you, I promise.  If your Bible is not handy, I have it written here for you to read:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

One of the reasons that I love this passage of scripture is because it is a simple, practical, life changing lesson that Jesus lays out for us.  Worrying does not change any situation, it does not add value to our lives, nor does it add time to our lives.  In fact, as I understand worrying is actually bad for us.  It can cause ulcers, stress (which leads to high blood pressure and other heart issues), and keep us up at night.  Does this sound like a good life?

 I love the story of Daniel in the lion’s den.  In short, King Darius was tricked into making a law that no one can serve any god except for the King.  Daniel continued to pray, and serve God every day.  He was caught and the punishment was that he had to spend the night in a pit full of hungry lions.  That night, the king worried about Daniel.  He was so worried, he ignored anything else in the kingdom, and his castle that night.  He went straight to bed where he tossed and turned all night long.  At first light, he went to the pit and found Daniel alive.

 Now for all that worrying, did the king gain anything? Was the situation changed because he worried?  I submit to you, that nothing changed, except that he was probably agitated from having lost a night of sleep.  If he had partied, and taken care of business, would the outcome have been different? Again, I would answer no. 

 There is a better way: Prayer.  You see worrying does no good, it is actually bad for us, but it also show God, where our trust really is.  If we take our troubles to God, we are putting our trust in Him instead of ourselves.  I can think of probably about a dozen other scriptures to end this with, but I think the best one is this:

 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

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