“And who among you, by being anxious, is able to add one hour to his life span? And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe the lilies of the field, how they grow: they do not toil or spin, but I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was dressed like one of these. Matthew 6:27-29 LEB
For our study purposes, we’ll consider the following meanings of the word ‘worry’: “to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret; to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.” Dictionary.com app
Have you ever read this scripture and felt like: “Please God, just hear me out; I actually think I qualify to worry” and then went on to list out such ‘qualifications’…because ‘God can’t possibly understand or be aware of your situation’! You may not have said it literally, but may have thought along such lines and played out the conversation in your head. But, God is aware and cares so much about you.
Have a look at how beautiful lilies are, in the featured image of this post. Solomon, the richest man that ever lived, was never as beautifully clothe as these the Bible says. If God can care for lilies who at best, beautify some place for a short-lived period of time, before they are disposed, He can and would provide you with clothes or whatever is the cause of your worry.
Our scriptural text and definitions show that when we worry, we make a choice to torment ourselves, and it is not going to do us ANY good! Jesus asked if it could add any time to our lifespan; meditating on that, it seems worry actually steals from our time, because it keeps us unprofitably engaged.
No, I haven’t mastered the art of not worrying yet, but it’s becoming increasingly clear to me from Scripture that whenever I choose to worry (keyword – choose), I elevate my situation above the truth of God as stated in His Word. Ouch! 😏 Yep.
Argh, so if we shouldn’t worry, what should we do? We’ll start off looking at that tomorrow by God’s grace.
God bless you🙂
© Lydia Ndagilaya for PneumaWord
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