Anxious For Nothing

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life”? (Matthew 6:25-27)

You don’t have any reason to worry.

You think God knows what you need? Do you trust in His goodness? Do you trust in His promise? Sons of the King don’t conduct themselves like beggars. Do I face life like a pagan or do I face life like a child of God. Do I face life like the son of a King who possesses everything or like the Devil’s beggars? The real issue, I guess, is does my Christian faith affect my view of life and control my view of life in everything. Does everything come out of my Christian faith?

Fear is a liar.

Fear, by the way, is a liar. Fear tells you, “Tomorrow is something to be afraid of.” Fear tells you, “You’re not going to have what you need tomorrow.” Fear tells you, “You’re not going to be up to it.” Fear tells you, “If certain things happen, you’re never going to be able to survive it.” Fear tells you that there’s terrible pain out there. Fear is a liar for the Christian because there is no thing that you’re ever going to go through; no trial, no temptation that God will not provide sufficient grace to sustain you in. So, just shoulder the burden of today, enjoy the grace that God gives you today, and leave the future to God. What happens happens. Don’t cripple the present by worrying about the future. You just destroy your joy, and then you lose the present. God will be there in the future. He’ll be there when it all comes crashing down. And He says, when it does, “Count it all” – what? – “joy.” Because God is doing a perfecting work.

Worry is a serious sin.

Worry refuses to know God. It refuses to trust God. It refuses to love God. There may be greater sins, you know, in people’s eyes, but think about this, is there any greater sin than to distrust God’s promised love for His own? Is there a greater sin than that? Is there a greater sin than the sin that assaults the character of God? Is there a greater sin than the sin that assaults the promise of God? Is there a greater sin than the sin that assaults the attributes of God, namely His faithfulness? I don’t think so. It’s a serious, serious sin.

So, don’t worry.

Adapted from a message by John MacArthur “Jesus, Worry, and You”