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Stop worrying and start living!

LANCELOT WATSON

March 2, 2017

Our English word “worry” actually comes from the old German word wurgen, which means “to strangle.” For example, a terrier dog worrying a rat. That is, catching a rat and strangling and choking that rat to death. When we think about worry, it is a case of us choking ourselves, strangling ourselves.

The modern definition for worry reads this way, “to afflict with mental distress and agitation, to make anxious.” Worry implies an incessant goading or attacking that drives one to desperation.

There are all kinds of things to worry about. If we don’t have money, we worry about having money. Once we get money, we worry about keeping it. And then we worry about how we are going to spend it. We worry about our health. We worry about various other things in our lives, our economic situation. We worry about our jobs. We worry about life and we worry about death.

Only Jesus has the cure for worry. He says, “So do not worry about tomorrow. For tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

The Lord told us correctly that life is more than just eating and drinking and putting on clothes. Therefore, stop worrying about the food and what you drink and about the clothing. Here’s an example in verse 26. God takes care of the birds of the air. Have you ever seen a hungry bird in the outdoors? Have you ever known of a bird that committed suicide? Have you ever known of a bird that died of a heart attack? The Lord is saying here that God loves the animals. God made the animals. He made them entertaining to us. He made them funny to watch, and instructive and educational. God is taking care of the animals.

The point, though, is not about the animals. The point is, aren’t we worth a lot more than the animals? In other words, in the order of creation, which would rate closer to the top, mankind or birds? Well, mankind rates at the top, therefore, since God takes care of the birds, He will also supply the needs that we have. It is as David said in Psalm 27:35, “I have been young and now I am old and yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or His descendants begging bread.”

The only concern we ought to have in this life is that of making God the number one priority in our lives, (Matt. 6:33). Our life’s direction ought to be taking and making our God, our Lord and His Kingdom the central and most important things in our lives.

So let us get out of the worry habit and focus our minds and hearts on our Lord Jesus Christ and let us maintain a productive, wholesome and righteous life each day. With this fixation and attitude of heart and mind our daily walk will become more spiritually enriched and we will be empowered to experience worry free days. So let us get more into daily kingdom living – faith and trust in Jesus our Lord and obedience to His word and will. This daily walk and talk with Him empowers us to live free of worry and worries. So stop worrying and start living!

About Author

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Lancelot began his work as an evangelist over 30 years ago. He graduated from the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Texas, in 1980 and since that time has been a passionate gospel preacher. He completed two Bachelor degrees in philosophy and broadcast journalism at Kansas State University before moving to Massachusetts in 2007, and has completed Masters Degrees in Theological Studies at Boston University. Systematic theology, philosophy and ethics are his areas of academic interest and research while he continues as a graduate student at BU.