– George Herbert
Adds to our Debt
The fact is we don’t take away our problems by worrying them to death; we only add to them, and now we’ve got to add “worry” to our debts, but Jesus asks, “which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life” (Luke 12:25)? Rather than paying off the debt, we’re actually adding to it by wasting time and energy worrying on it, and it is probably something that might not even happen. It’s a waste of time and energy to worry about things we have no control over or something that may never even happen. Let God control it. Take your hands off it. I need to do the same thing.
Doesn’t Help Anything
What I said above was that worry doesn’t help anything except to add more stress to our lives, and that only uses up our energy and time. It’s a very non-productive thing to do. I ought to know; I’ve done it! Jesus tells us “If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest” (Luke 12:26)? Good question isn’t it?
The True Riches
The Apostle Paul knew what was really important in life, and wrote that it was “the boundless riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8), and he considered “everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” (Phil 3:8). Since all we have on this earth is temporary, why worry about something that’s not the true riches anyway? Remember Who will be with you in the kingdom. Can anything compare to being in the presence of the Lord? No, it’s priceless!
Is trust the opposite of worry? It would seem so because if we’re worried about something, we’re not trusting God with it…and, we’re taking all of the responsibility for it upon ourselves. Who has more capabilities, resources, and power? Surely it’s not us. It is God and He is sovereign over all that happens. Trusting in Him means you believe in Him and that nothing is impossible for God (Matt 19:26).
I’ve done a lot of these very same things I wrote about, and I know that it was because I didn’t really trust God to take care of me, but what good father wouldn’t want to take care of his own children? Seeing our heavenly Father is infinitely better than any human father, why worry? It’s just a big waste to time and energy, isn’t it?