I read someplace that worry is the most destructive habit. I agree! A South African proverb says:
If you worry, you’ll die.
If you don’t worry, you’ll die.
So, why worry?
This is what Jesus had to say about worry:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I know that we get into situations that bring worry. I’ve been there. Done that! But I have also experienced the peace of God in the midst of the storm.
God has broad shoulders. He carries the weight of the world. No burden is too heavy for him. Peter knew that first hand. That’s why he wrote:
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).
There have been times when the burden has been so heavy that I thought I would crumble under the weight. But when I humbled myself and put it in God’s care, what a relief!
Have you heard the story of the lady that stood by the roadside carrying a big sack? A man in a pick-up offered her a ride. She continued to carry the heavy sack as she sat down in the back of the truck. “You can put down your sack,” said the man to her. “Thank you, sir,” she said. “It’s enough that you are taking me along. I’ll carry my sack.”
Isn’t that typical of what we do sometimes? God offers to take us in his loving arms and carry us through the storm, but we hold on to the burden. God is strong enough to carry you and your burden.
I remember from way back singing a song that had these words: “Why worry, when you can pray?” Exactly! Let’s lay whatever burden or worry we have at the feet of Jesus. The destructive habit of worrying can eat you from the inside out.
Obey the words of Jesus and don’t worry.