Fresh Hope – 24th May 2018

Worry is worthless!

 Matthew 6:25-34 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? ‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 Worrying never adds anything to your life, but it certainly takes things from your life.

 Worry is a thief. It will rob you of your joy, rob you of your sleep, rob you of your energy and then take away your peace. When worry has done its job, it will leave you high and dry and completely bankrupt you of all the great things that make life so special.

 You weren’t created to figure out everything for yourself and everyone else. You weren’t meant to carry around everyone’s stress and burdens. You were created to give them all over to God and then get on and do what you can do without worrying about it…

 1 Peter 5:7 ‘…Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’

 Worry is faith in reverse. It says to you….’let’s handle this on our own and try and figure out what we can do…let’s not involve God, even though he knows best.’

 A few days ago, I was talking with a guy who told me that he had been up half the night worrying about how he was going to figure out everything he had to do the next day at work. We’ve all been there – right. I then asked him if his worry had paid off. Had it helped him the next day apart from making him tired and worn out? His answer was exactly what you’d imagine – everything went so smooth because of his planning, but worry had no part to play whatsoever. The only contribution that worry made was to work him up!

 As you start out on a brand new day, remember, worry is a thief.

 Pastor Mark

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