One of the many wonderful blessings of serving God instead of Mammon is freedom from worry. The cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, the desire for other things, and the pleasures of life are four of Mammon’s heaviest chains of enslavement. But, when your focus is upon laying up treasures in heaven instead of upon earth, there are at least four compelling reasons for the cessation of worry and anxiety in your heart. (See yesterday’s blog for the first two reasons.)
The last two are in these words: “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:27-30).
Understanding the complete worthlessness of worry helps to stop its practice. Who believes Methusaleh lived 969 years because of his outstanding ability to worry? Who can name one of worry’s health benefits? Who can name a single way in which worry has improved either the quality or quantity of his life?
Understanding the real reason for worry helps to stop its practice. The brutal truth about worry is it arises in a heart which has an insufficient amount of faith. The flowers of the field gloriously reflect God’s wondrous providence, but they are not immortal. They are momentary, and once they die, they pass out of existence.
Not so with you. Through His providence, God has an unimaginable future prepared for you when you die. If you can trust God and His glorious providence for what lies beyond this life, you surely can trust Him and His glorious providence for what is necessary for this life.
Where exactly in Scripture do you find genuine evidence for doubting God’s power and providence? Until you can place your finger on that book, chapter, and verse(s), stop worrying.
Our God deserves better.