Matthew 6:27 “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
I am an exceptional worrier. I worry about my health. I worry about my job. I worry about my truck. I worry about my house. I worry about the past and I worry about the future. I worry about what I’ve done and I worry about what I didn’t do. What I have learned about worrying is that worry robs me of experiencing life in the moment with the promise of controlling life when it comes. A promise it can never keep.
Jesus is simply asking, “What’s the point?” If you can’t do the simplest thing and add an hour to your life, why spend time and energy worrying about what you can’t control? God knows your needs. He’s got your back. Instead of focusing on your needs, focus on the One that provides for those needs. Instead of wasting time and energy worrying, spend time and energy worshipping.
For me, it comes down to a simple 5 letter word that is anything but simple, TRUST. I can just hear Jesus whispering in my ear every time I start to worry. Trust me. But what about this? Trust me. But what if that happens? Trust me. But what if I fail? Trust me. But what if … Trust me! Am I willing to let go of my false sense of control and trust the God of the universe with the little things that I think are so important at the time? “I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Mark 9:24. I trust, but help me when I start to doubt. I trust, but help me when I don’t think you are doing it right. I trust, but help me trust when I can’t see how you are going to do it.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” Proverbs 3:5