Worrying = Longer Life?

“Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” That is Jesus’ question in Matthew 6:27. While that was a rhetorical question, the answer we could give is a resounding NO. Worry can often be cloaked in a veil of concern or empathy, but at its root is simply a lack of trust in God. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus paints us a picture that is worth a thousand words. Jesus tells us not to worry about our life…period. That could sum it up, but he gets more detailed and gives us three things to focus our attention: food, drinks and clothes. He uses birds as an example for us to follow, to take life a day at a time and trust God to provide.

Most of us have never really wondered where our next meal, drink or outfit is coming from, and while that’s good, you might see Jesus’ illustrations on worry and think you’re doing pretty well. As famous football coach and commentator, Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast!” We worry. We worry about many things: money, cars and politics. We worry about getting too much rain, not enough rain, and all other concerns about the weather. We worry about our kids, our health, our house and our pets. We worry, and worry is one of those things that we seem to overlook in the church. It’s not one of those big ugly sins, it’s just a normal thing we all do. Does that make it acceptable to God? Jesus saw it as important enough to talk about in the Sermon on the Mount. The problem is, worry is symptomatic of a bigger problem. Jesus rebukes us for lacking faith when we worry. Jesus goes on to say that God knows exactly what we need, and when we put our faith and trust in him, we don’t need to worry about food, drink, clothes, or anything else. And when we release that worry and have faith for God’s providence, we then can “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.”

Matthew 6:34, “Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

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  1. Great insights, Jonathon. That’s an area of personal struggle for me, and I thank you for the helpful post.

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