Why Worry?

June 7, 2013 | Tags: ,

Can any of you add a cubit to his height by worrying? If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest?

-Luke 12:25-26

I love this discourse of Jesus’ in Luke 12:22-34. The heading in my HCSB Bible reads “The Cure for Anxiety.” Is anyone else suffering from anxiety today and needs the solution of the truth? The fact is, worry is completely counterproductive to us. The more we allow worry to grow in our hearts and minds, the more we are distancing ourselves from the peace of the Lord. His peace is available in any circumstance we face. Worry is not more powerful than the peace of Christ. So why do we give in and allow it to consume us?

We cannot overcome the power of worry without the antidote of prayer. We must resolve in our minds that we won’t choose worry, then we need to pray and seek God for His peace. Jesus supplies the truth about worry–we can do nothing in of ourselves to fix our problems. We worry and fret–“What shall I do? What shall I do?” But do we realize Jesus already has the solution? What if, instead of worrying, we went straight to Him for the solution? What if we used all that energy we expend in worrying and channel it toward seeking God in prayer? How might our daily lives change for the better?

Worry makes it all about us. Prayer makes it all about Jesus. Worry will creep and slither in like an uninvited guest. We need to guard our hearts at every turn and call out to Jesus for help right away. We cannot allow it to settle in and wreck our day. Let’s instead turn to the Word for the truth. He has taken care of everything. Will we trust Him today?

By Courtney Silberman

The Cure for Anxiety

Luke 12:22-34

22 Then He said to His disciples: “Therefore I tell you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: They don’t sow or reap; they don’t have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the birds? 25 Can any of you add a cubit to his height by worrying? 26 If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wildflowers grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 28 If that’s how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will He do for you—you of little faith? 29 Don’t keep striving for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. 30 For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.

31 “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you. 32 Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Make money-bags for yourselves that won’t grow old, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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