November 21, 2014 Don’t worry

21 Nov

Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 16-17, James 3

worryWorrying … we have all done it. Although, some people worry a whole lot more than others. Students worry about tests and grade. Singles worry about getting married, married people worry about their marriage. Parents worry about their kids. Kids worry about their peers. Retirees worry about the stock market. The list of items to worry about is endless. Here is what Jesus had to say about worrying:

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Matthew 6:27 (NIV)

According to Jesus, we shouldn’t waste our time worrying because worrying never accomplishes or solves anything. Worrying has never solved a problem. It cannot change the past. It cannot control the future. It only makes today miserable.

worryingAs one famous theologian once said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it only empties today of its strength.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

Have you ever noticed that worrying exaggerates your problems. Worrying makes mountains out of molehills. The more you worry about something, the bigger it gets. As someone else has said, “If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?”

Our bodies were not made to worry. If you look up the origin of the word “worry” it originally meant “to strangle” or “to choke”. That’s what worry does – it strangles the life out of you. Worrying makes us unhappy and unhealthy.
Ulcers, backaches, headaches, insomnia are just a few of the byproducts of worry. And of all God’s creation, people are the only ones who worry.

In spite of the fact that worry is not helpful, reasonable or healthy, we have all done it or are doing it right now. None of us came out of the womb worrying. In fact, just the opposite was true. When we were babies we didn’t worry about anything. We didn’t worry about a roof over our head, clothes on our back. We didn’t worry about what others thought about us until someone said something. The truth is: We’ve learned to worry and the more we practiced it, the better we got.

trustWhile worrying is commonplace today, especially in these uncertain times, how do you overcome worry?  By trusting in the Good Shepherd.

Psalm 23:1 (ESV) The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not in want.

Worry-free living begins when you willingly place yourself as a sheep under the care of the good shepherd trusting that the Lord Jesus will take care of you! Worry-free living is all about believing these words Ps. 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need.”

Thank You, God my Father, for making me one of Your sheep. Thank You for sending the Good Shepherd, Jesus, to lay down His life for me. Holy Spirit, help me to be a trusting lamb in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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