Daily Devotion|Day 259
“Then He said to His disciples, ‘Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on’” (Luke 12:22, NKJV).
Different circumstances in life can trigger anxiety. Whatever the reason for worrying, God – throughout the Bible – exhorts His people to not worry. God is not interested in the reasons we are worried. Rather, He is interested in the reasons why we should not worry. Today, let’s look at three reasons you should not worry.
1. Worrying adds nothing of value to your life: If you are going to worry, at least it should improve your life. But we all know that it doesn’t. The only thing worrying accomplishes is, it takes away from what you already have. Worrying is a high consumer of your energy. It takes from you; but it doesn’t give back. It depletes your emotional and intellectual resources without replenishing you. Whether you are dealing with a difficult situation or not, you need all the energy you can get.
Logically, the last thing you want is to worry. Jesus applied this logic when He said, “And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” (Luke 12:25). Worrying does not make you more beautiful. If anything, it will probably make you age faster. Worrying doesn’t pay the bills, it doesn’t make you more healthy. Worry doesn’t solve problems; it adds to them. Therefore, no matter what you’re going through, don’t add worry to it. Worrying is like adding fuel to fire. What you need is a sound mind and a merry heart (see Proverbs 17:22; 2 Timothy 1:7).
2. When you worry, you forget God is in control: When you worry, you are trying to be in control; when, in fact, what you need is to realize that God is in control. Worrying gets in the way of God and makes it harder for Him to help you. But, God moves powerfully when you are still, calm and trusting. Don’t try to control outcomes. Just do your part that is required. And leave God to bless you with the best outcomes. You have God on your side. Take a deep breath, step back, and let Him be God. In Psalm 46:10, He tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Let God be God.
3. When you worry, you are refusing God’s help: When you worry, you are choosing to carry a burden you are not supposed to carry. The fact that you have a burden doesn’t mean you have to carry it. God has offered to help you when you have any cares in life. The Bible says, cast “all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). God has offered to carry your burden for you. Cast all your cares upon Him. He doesn’t want you to carry your cares. By faith, cast each one of your burdens upon Him, and He will give you rest. You will be amazed how joyful and peaceful you will be even if the most trying circumstances.
Dear friend, turn to God, and discover reasons to be joyful.
Blessing: May the peace of God which surpasses understanding, guard your heart and mind. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: Matthew 11:28-30 and Philippians 4:6-7.