Text: Matthew 6:25-34
Let’s be frank, we all worry. In fact worrying is one of the easiest things to do. Well, may be that may not be true with you but I tend to worry a lot—without even thinking about it. I worry about a lot of things. Things like my wife’s and kids’ future, my ministry, my financial security, my health. These are genuine things to worry about, aren’t they? The problem is that worrying isn’t God’s way of dealing with issues.
The Word of God says that worrying doesn’t add anything to our lives, not a single hair on our head or a single second on our time. Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life (verse 27)? I can, in fact, say worry takes away from us: our precious time which we could otherwise use constructively, our health, and for some of us our hair!
There is a better way to live a more productive and God-glorifying life. It is by appreciating the gifts God has give you: life, breath, and everything. (cf. verse 25; Acts 17:25). If you’re reading this devotional right now, that’s reason enough to be thankful. C’mon, you are alive, you can read, you have access to a computer, internet connection…. Isn’t that amazing! There are many things that I am thankful to God about: life, especially life in God; a beautiful and loving family; faithful friends; people like you who take time to read my devotionals, needs that are met every day; and many, many other blessings.
Your situation may be different from mine, but I am sure you have reason to be grateful. Someone said that worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair: it gives you work to do but it takes you nowhere. Hey, get off the rocking chair! Stop worrying today. Count your blessings and live. Start trusting God for now.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt. 6:34 NIV)