Sunday, May 15, 2011

Worry Solves Nothing

So I tell you, don't worry about everyday life -- whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes.  Doesn't life consist of more than food and clothing? (Matthew 6:25 NLT).

   The definition of worry is: "to feel or cause to feel anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems."

   Unless you are a newborn baby we pretty much all have plenty to worry about.  Parents worry about their children who are surrounded by the temptations of drink, drugs, and worse.  How will they pay for college?  Our children worry about their parents, about their failing health and their ability to care for themselves and make ends meet.  Younger children and teens worry about school, their grades, friendships, boyfriends and girlfriends.

   In additon we carry our past around with all our failures, our mistakes, our guilt, sin and shame, dragging us down to the point of despair.  God made us and we all worry, so on that basis He must have wanted us to worry, right?  So why does He say "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life"?  Is He kidding?  Does He not know about or understand our troubles?

   Fortunately for us, He does understand and wants us to know He's already taken care of our needs - all of them, so don't even begin to worry.  If we will let Him, if we will seek Him and put our trust in Him, He will be there when we need Him; always (Matt. 11:28).  We only have to ask.

   What area in your life are you worrying about that you need to lean on God for today?  Ask Him today to open your heart and help you to trust Him more.  

Thought for the day: Take your worries to the Lord and let Him handle all of them.  

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