Don’t Worry…Stupid

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Jesus knows that we’re stupid.

That’s why he spells things out so clearly. Like when he says:

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? (Luke 12:25-26)

Worry turns me into a schemer. I squint into the future and try to foresee every possible circumstance. I mentally scribble out various contingency plans. I try to map out and solve every possible problem that could arise. If this happens, I can do this, and this, and this.

But it turns out that I’m a very powerless person. All my scheming and worrying can’t add even a single hour to my life. All my mental maneuvering about how I’m going to pay the bills is wasted time. It doesn’t add anything to my life. It just makes me sick to my stomach and unable to sleep.

Ponder for a moment: has worrying ever been helpful for you?

But it also turns out that there’s freedom in being powerless. That’s Jesus’ point. If I can’t add a second to my life by worrying, why worry? Instead, I need to place myself in the care of my loving Father, who really can add an hour to my life. Instead of anxiously spinning my mental wheels trying to figure out how I’m going arrange every circumstance, I must throw myself into the arms of the One who really does ordain every circumstance.

If I really understood how powerless I am, and how great God is, I wouldn’t waste my time with worry. I would simply rest in the arms of my Father, who controls what I can’t.

Which leads me to the question: If worry is so obviously foolish (which it is), why do we spend so much time worrying?

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8 Comments

  • Mike says:

    That’s a really good article and makes a really good, clear point.

    I for 1 am a worrier – and you’re right, it never ever ever helps! It does lose you sleep and lose you time you could be doing something more fun though.

    Thanks for serving us so well with this article – I would recommend off the back of it the book ‘Running Scared’ covers a lot of ground.

  • Michael Seifert says:

    This is a good post. I am always prone to anxiety alot. This article helps me see that I am not the one in control of my life but a sovereign God is.

  • Tony says:

    Mark Twain: “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, most of which, never happened.”

  • Sandy says:

    As a women I think that is my job to worry but it is great when God shows me that it is really not my job. My job is to rely on him and believe that he will take care of ALL according to his will.

    Thank you for this post. God always knows just what I need when I need it.

  • Mike – You’re right, worry always takes away from time that could be spent doing something fun! And Ed Welch’s book is very good.

  • Michael – So glad it was helpful for you. I’m so grateful I’m not the one in control of my life.

  • Tony – You nailed it. I was going to put that quote in the post…but then forgot. Thanks for adding this!

  • Sandy – Why is that we always feel like it’s our job to worry? As if we can control things. I’m the same way.

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