Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?”
Did you know that chronic worrying and emotional stress can trigger a long list of health problems? The problem occurs when the “fight or flight” stress response kicks in from daily excessive worrying and anxiety. Health problems like:
- Suppression of the immune system
- Digestive disorders
- Muscle tension
- Short-term memory loss
- Premature coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
But Jesus provides arguments against worry. First, concern for worldly goods is foolish because life itself is more important. Second, God always takes care of His own, just as He cares for the birds of the air. Third, worry accomplishes nothing. Finally, as children of God and heirs of His Kingdom, we should not worry about earthly details when we have access to God’s inexhaustible riches.
I love how this scripture passage concludes. “And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?” Can any of us add a single minutes to our lives? Really? How foolish for any of us to think we can when God controls every single breath we take. Glory to God!!! If we think we control anything, just look back at what we did with those decisions and how thankful we are now that God was there to rescue us. Hallelujah!!! Don’t get me started!!!
God supplies all of our needs and gives us His special care. Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides. So what do we do when worry creeps in and it captures our thoughts? Well God’s Word says this, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV) How do we do that? By prayer. Calling on the Name of the Lord and praying. Let me share what happens when we go to God in prayer, especially when we are in a state of worry. When we turn our thoughts toward God, we begin to think differently. Another transformation takes place. Conversation or dialogue with God in prayer sets our minds on what is truly important. I’ll let you in on a secret. When I worry, I tend to talk to myself out loud a lot. Now channel that energy and begin to talk to God out loud instead. Try this and see what happens.
Thank You Lord that we have a place to go in the midst of our worry. That place is Your Holy presence as we call upon Your name. Help us Lord to see that worry gets us nowhere and that trust in Your care gets us everything we will ever need. Forgive us Lord when we let worry take over our lives even to the point of illness. Come Holy Spirit and fill us with Your presence so that there is no room for worry any longer. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!