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Worry is Waste

How many moments do we waste worrying about things we aren't able to control? I know I've had my fair share of moments like that. I won't say that I never worry anymore. Human nature is to worry. But I worry much less these days, because I trust God to take care of all my needs and problems. According to my NLT study Bible, worrying leads to immobilization, but concern leads us to action. I like that they have shown me the difference between worry and concern. Let's, now, read today's Scripture about the impacts of worry and the effects of trusting God from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew 6:25-34 says, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today."

Jesus, first, tells us that worry won't add a moment to our life. If anything, worry will likely make us sick and maybe send us to an early grave. So, His advice about how to prevent worry is to simply take care of today's problems, don't worry about what may happen in the future, and live by God's standards so He will take care of our needs today. And trust Him to take care of our needs tomorrow and beyond. 

For me, this giving my full trust in God to take care of things that were beyond my control happened only a couple of years ago. I thought I should be trusting Him to help me do everything 2 people were expecting of me that really required the work of several people. My husband kept telling me I was going to be dead by the end of the year (2022) if I didn't slow down; he was seeing my health slipping away, something I knew was happening as well but felt compelled (or bullied and shamed by 1 of the 2 people) to continue. An opportunity came when the bully/shamer told me to leave, because I wasn't doing everything the way she thought I should be doing them. That wasn't the first time that had happened, but I usually stayed anyway, listening to her angry words. At that moment, though, I left. By the end of that same day, God told me to stay away and that He would make sure their needs were met. He told me to trust Him completely with the whole ordeal, so I did. 

The moment I gave the entire problem to him, all the worries washed away. In a blink, He took the problems and worries away. Because I trusted Him. The weight that was lifted from me is indescribable. I regained my health in an instant and have been doing the other work God has called me to since that day. And by the way, the last report I got about these 2 people was that 4 skilled people were taking care of them, which makes much more sense for their situation. God got the right people to them as He told me He would.

So, I know firsthand how worry is a waste of time and energy. It literally sucks the life out of you. If you are a constant worrier, put that time and energy into something that God has called you to do instead. When worry tries to sneak back in, remember to trust God to handle the situation, and go on about the day. Because worry is a prison; trusting God is the key that will set you free.

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Praying for a blessed, healthy, worry-free day for you,

Patricia


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