The Emptiness of Worry

Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrow, but it empties today of strength.

Corrie ten Boom

Today's Scripture: Matthew 6: 25-34

I once heard someone say, “If you can worry, you can meditate.” At that point, I realized that the power really lies in our hands, whether to worry or to meditate on God’s Word in our situation.

There is no message better preached about worry than the one which Jesus tells us in the above-mentioned verses. It is all we would read today in the Message Version of the Bible. As you read these verses below, I want you to take your focus off any bugging issues, and bring all of your attention to these words. Ask right now that the Holy Spirit should help you to understand and live by His words in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

25-26“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.


27-29“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.


30-33“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.


34“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

MATTHEW 6: 25-34 msg

Prayer Point: Father, I choose to give my entire attention to what you are doing, and to stop worrying about the past, present, and the future. Instead of worrying, help me to trust in You, to take the right steps, and to continuously find rest in You in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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