Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Worry 3 – Matthew 6:25–34

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25 “This is why I tell you:  Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?  26 Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?  27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height  by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith?  31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the idolaters  eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God  w and His righteousness,  and all these things will be provided for you.  34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble  of its own.  
–– Matthew 6:25–34 HCSB

Can any of you add a single cubit to his height  by worrying?  Matthew 6:27  The word used for cubit here is  πῆχυς  transliterated to pêchus.  This word can be used for forearm, which would be a unit of measure, a cubit or eighteen inches.  To add eighteen inches to one's height by worry would be a pretty big deal.  It is more likely better to understand this "cubit" as a figure of speech for a short period of time.  Therefore: Can anyone of you add a moment to your lifetime by worry - is a better translation.  Worry, if anything would rob you of moments of your life.  It is unhealthy and possibly shortens one's life.  Nevertheless, one's lifespan would be much more miserable, however long, if they are tormented with constant worry.

Today we are so "health conscious."  We strive to exercise, eat right, take the right vitamins and all the necessary supplements.  We start each day as though adhering to Star Trek's Mr. Spock's greeting, "Live long and prosper."
daffy dillsA doctor once made a catalog of the worries of his patients. He found that 40% of them worried over things which never happened. And 30% of the worries were over past matters which were now beyond their control. Then 12% were anxious over their health, although their only illness was in their imagination. And 10% worried over their families and friends and neighbors, although in most cases these people were endowed with enough common sense to look after themselves. Finally, only 8% of the worries had real causes which needed attention.
 Worry will never accomplish anything fruitful. Worry is totally useless.  Worry is a sin.  Worry is totally useless.

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Why worry about clothes. Matthew 6:28-30  The word for clothes is the Greek word ἔνδυμα transliterated to enduma.  It is always translated as garments or clothing.  Why worry about the newest styles, the name brand.  The TV ads would certainly disagree with this statement.  It is quite an expensive effort to keep up with the current styles. So much money is spent to beautifully cover our bodies with no thought as to the beauty of our heart.  Why worry.  Look at the wildflowers, the lilies of the field.  The lilies of the field refers to the wildflowers that bloomed on the hills of Galilee. These flowers were most likely anemones, chamomile, poppies and narcissus. They are magnificently arrayed by God. Yet they did not toil or spin thread for there beautiful clothing.  Not even Solomon in all his splendor, was dressed as spectacularly as these flowers.  Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived.  He was also the wealthiest man that ever lived.  No amount of money in the world could buy clothes that would begging to compare with the beauty, design, texture and intricacy of a flower.  Yet the grass and wild flowers are short lived.  They bloom for a short time then they are gone. The dry grasses and dead flowers were gathered by the people as fuel to use in their ovens. God lavishes fantastic beauty on the flowers of the field, and they are used for fuel.  Our clothes will fade, wear out, and become out of fashion. Our body will fade and deteriorate. Would not the God who died for us, cloth use as well.  Isaiah 40: 8  The grass withers, the flowers fade,  but the word of our God remains forever.

Matthew 6:31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ When times are bad, it is very easy to forget how very much God cares for us.  We forget His promises. We worry. We become self-absorbed.  We worry. We concentrate on ourselves and our problems.  We worry.  It is easy to worry.  It is our natural  sinful inclination to worry.  We worry about our own capabilities.  We worry about the basics - our food, our clothes.  We forget God and His promises.

What then are we to say about these things? 
If God is for us, who is against us? 
He did not even spare His own Son 
but offered Him up for us all; 
how will He not also with Him grant us everything?   Romans 8:31-32

He has promised to take care of all our needs!

Worry keeps you from enjoying what you have.
Worry makes you forget your worth.
Worry is totally useless.
Worry erases the promises of God from your mind.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.
Corrie Ten Boom


Worry is the rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution which destroys the machinery but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices"

— Beecher, Henry Ward

* From You and Your Problems - Chuck Swindoll

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