Saturday, August 26, 2017

Matthew 6:25, 27 NIV 2011

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Can anyone of you by worrying add a singe hour to your life?”

 

Matthew quotes Jesus’ words to the crowd gathered. Commentators do not all agree it was one Sermon but rather a compilation of His teachings. Many call it The Sermon on the Mount. While the ethical standard Jesus lays out may be too high, it is none-the-less Jesus’ plumb line for believers. Paul used anxious in Philippians 4:6a, “Do not be anxious about anything.” Worry and being anxious are two sides of the same coin. A text note added to verse 27, “Or single cubit to your height.” People are incapable of adding anything to their life. Worry is a waste; victory’s found in God’s Word.

 

Worrying about “things” is not part of my makeup. Looking at a situation from all angles before a decision is made has helped keep worry at bay. My grandmother used to say, “Waste not, want not.” When a daughter forgot to check in at the agreed upon check in time it was my opportunity to turn to the Lord in prayer. Even as our daughter Mandi’s health continued to deteriorate, I did not worry. I found victory in God’s Word.

 

What time is worry consuming daily?

 

Finding victory in Jesus,

S

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