JESUS ASKS -- CAN ANY ONE OF YOU BY WORRYING ADD A SINGLE HOUR TO YOUR LIFE?
Jesus asks this question in Matthew 6:27. Jesus is saying in essence "Who by worrying can add an inch to his height or a single moment to his life?" The answer of course is no one can. This is the paradox about worry. In a manner of speaking, a man can "worry himself to death," but he cannot worry himself into a longer life!
The question we need to ask is, "Will worrying accomplish anything positive whatsoever?" In fact, instead of adding "a single hour" worry tends to distract and breeds a loss of focus which results in loss of potentially productive time, not to mention the potentially damaging effects on one's health and longevity.
Someone has said that anxiety is the interest paid on trouble before it is due.
Worry is a total hindrance on our spiritual walk, and God wants us to be free from it.
According to statistics, 43% of all adults suffer health effects due to worry and stress. 75% - 90% of all visits to general physicians is stress-related. Worry has been linked to all the leading causes of death including heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis and suicide.
Do those statistics worry you?
Are you worrying about situations in your life that are totally out of your control?
God wants you to be free from those worries. He wants to call you into a greater level of relationship with Him where trusting Him defeats the shadows of worry over your life.
God wants His people to live abundant lives: lives free from worry and stress. But we're always grabbing back for that control… Constantly picking up and putting down the pieces of our life. It was Vance Havner who said "Worry, like a rocking chair, will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere."
Don't worry about things you can't control. Don't worry when God is in control.
Don't worry about the what-ifs of tomorrow.
It was Mark Twain who said "I'm an old man and I've known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."
The Lord wants you to be aware that worry is a giant that can be defeated: a mountain that can be moved. In our journey to become more like Him, He wants us to learn complete trust in Him.
Have you found yourself in an uncontrollable circumstance today? Maybe He's using that to develop your trust in Him. Try resting in the Lord, in the shadow of the Almighty.
You'll find Him to be a safe refuge in times of trouble. He'll deliver you from your troubles and give you a testimony: a new song of praise. Answer the call… come…
All the water in the world, however hard it tried,
could never sink a ship unless it got inside.
All the hardships of this world might wear you pretty thin.
But they won't hurt you one least bit unless you let them in.
If you are a constant worrier then make this your daily prayer:
"Lord I am tired of worrying. Worrying has cost me friendships and has not allowed me to be joyful. Please forgive me for thinking more about myself than I have of you. Please help me to live a life that does not doubt you, a life that thinks of others more than myself and a life that is radical for you. I pray that right now, Jesus, you would transform my heart and mind to be more like you. Lord please make this the day that I am set free of this burden. Please help me to feel and know the love that you have for me. Thank you Jesus for always loving me even when I have been distant. Amen."
Have a great day knowing that the Lord is your protection and guide. God is in control. Do not worry.