“WHICH OF YOU BY WORRYING . . .?”
In a portion of His marvelous Sermon on the Mount dealing with the futility of worry and anxiety, Christ asked the rhetorical question, “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature” (Matthew 6:27). Keying off of that question, let us ask the following:
Which of us by worrying…
Can add one year, one month, one week, one day, one hour, or even one minute to our life?
Can bring happiness to ourselves? (Is worry one of the keys to happiness?)
Can bring happiness to a family member?
Can prevent bad physical health? (Is worry the way to prevent bad health?)
Can cure a disease in our body?
Can prevent the deterioration of the physical health of our loved ones?
Can get (or keep) a job for ourselves or for a loved one? (Is worry the key to finding a job or job security?)
Can add one dollar to our bank account? (Is worry the key to financial success?)
Can lower our financial debt or the amount of a bill that we owe?
Can change the results of an election?
Can solve the problems of the world and its governments?
Can improve our grade as a student or enable us to pass a course?
Can prevent the normal troubles, aggravations, irritations, inconveniences, and challenges of life in this world?
Can prevent a loved one from departing from the faith?
Can prevent a loved one from getting sick and dying?
Can bring a loved one back from the grave?
Can bring a loved one to the Lord? (Is worry an evangelistic tool?)
Can save a soul from sin?
Can get ourselves right with God? (Is worry a condition of salvation from sin or of restoration to the Lord?)
As Jesus completed this part of His sermon, He said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).
The great apostle Paul counseled, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving (don’t overlook the thanksgiving part, hf), let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
January 19, 2021