You Can Win Over Worry
- Thursday, March 10, 2005
Why? Because worry is totally useless. It accomplishes nothing.
Now, the worry Jesus is talking about is the needless, useless kind of anxiety that just chokes the life out of you. Have you ever analyzed the things that you worry about...that we all worry about?
Well, for one we worry about those things that have happened... things that happened in the past. We worry about past failures and past decisions that we have made. Some people live every day chastised by what happened yesterday - and often many yesterdays ago.
What is done is done. Thank God for His forgiveness. Thank God for His grace. We don't have to live in guilt and fear and failure of the past. You and I need to stop worrying about yesterday.
Then we worry about those things that might happen... but never do happen. Our lives are lived by "What if...." We think catastrophically of all the things that might terrorize us and bring us to our knees.
I heard about a husband and his wife who were awakened in the middle of the night by something stirring downstairs in the kitchen. So the husband got up to find a man with a mask stealing things out of the kitchen. The husband asked, "Sir, are you a burglar?" He said, "Yes, I am." He said, "Well, just a minute. Will you come upstairs and meet my wife? She's been expecting you for 30 years!"
Obviously we can't control the future! Jesus said in verse 34, "Don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about it's own things."
Then there are those things that we worry about that do happen. Some people worry about death. Well, death is going to happen unless Jesus comes in our lifetime! But some people are so worried about dying that they never get on with living.
My friend, I want you to know you can count on the fact that Jesus makes all things beautiful in His time. And when you pass through the deep waters, He said, "I will be with you." But worrying about it only adds to the weight and only disrupts God's healing presence in our lives.
Worry is useless. I challenge you today to defeat the worry in your life and grasp hold of the truth Jesus promises:
"Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Matthew 6:31-33
Dr. Jack Graham is pastor of the 24,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church. He is committed to helping Christians experience the Kingdom of God and it’s power in every area of their lives. He is also a noted author of numerous books, including A Hope and a Future, Diamonds in the Dark, Lessons from the Heart, and Life According to Jesus, which can be found at www.jackgraham.org
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