Jesus Warns About Worry

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Worry

 

In this passage, Jesus is telling us that we have no reason to worry (vv. 22-23)! None at all! And he says that is for a good reason. He points out that God the Father already knows our every need, and that He will supply all that we need (v. 24)! Actually, Jesus is commanding us not to worry! We all know that is so much easier to say than to do. Most of us worry. We worry about our finances, we worry about our health, our friends, our homes. our cars etc..... We worry about so much! Why?

Why do we lose sleep over such things as our finances? Why does our health scare us so much? I believe that people should focus more on His promises. It is detrimental to focus on the things that can go wrong. We need to focus on what God has in store for us. Can you remember anyone having any of their needs fulfilled by worrying? Worrying guarantees you to make any situation even worse. We need to put our concerns into his hands. He can handle them much better than we can.

Verse 22 changes the subject to what is wrong with worrying. It says basically three things:

  1. Worry is deceptive (vv. 22-24) - It convinces us that life is made up of what we eat and what we wear. He says it consists of far more than what one eats or wears (v. 15).
  2. Worry is destructive (vv. 25-29) - It is a real time waster because it cannot change a thing. Since life is made up of time and opportunities, worry only destroys your life.
  3. Worry is demanding (vv. 30-34) It keeps us from growing spiritually. How can we witness to a lost world if we ourselves are doubting God and worrying?

Application

 

Worry is foolish because the creator of the universe loves me and knows what I need. He promises to meet all of my real needs; but not necessarily all of my desires.

Luke 12:22-34 (English Standard Version)


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