Monday, September 28

Worry as a trigger

Scripture: Zechariah 4-6, Luke 12

Luke 12:25–26 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

Observation

In this famous passage, Jesus tells His followers not to worry about everyday life: food, clothing, etc.  Don’t worry because you have a Father who knows your needs and cares for you.  He clothes the lilies of the field and feeds the ravens—won’t He do as much for you?  

Tucked in the middle of this are these two verses on the futility of worry.  Worry can’t add a single moment to your life.  Studies have shown that worry actually subtracts moments from your life.  Worry negatively affects your health and shortens your life span; and every moment worrying is a wasted moment.  So it costs you on both ends: now and in the future.

“What’s the use of worrying?” Jesus asks.  It’s useless.  Worry is wasted time and energy.  But you can use it as a trigger for good.

Application

I’m not a big worrier…but I have my moments.  When I catch myself worrying, fretting or anxious, I’m going to stop, take a deep breath, and remind myself, “My Father has got this.  I’m in good hands.”  I’m going to trust Him, and relax.  And then I’m going to turn my attention outward, toward others and what I can do for them.  Worry turns us inward; trust in God turns us outward to care for others as He cares for us.

Worry can be a trigger for prayer (Philippians 4:6-7).  Worry can be a trigger for trust.  And worry can be a trigger for service—a reminder to get beyond myself and help someone else.  

Prayer: Lord, I’m so grateful for Your care for me.  Let that confidence free me from worry to serving others.