Can you worry your way into an extra hour of life? Or extra cubit of your height?
No, but you might take a few hours off your life by worrying.
Worry will not make us live longer . . . or better . . . or smarter or ….richer. But worry will rob us of our joy . . . our peace . . . and our contentment. Worry is sort of the common of all humans. I see people almost every day who are apprehensive and fretful. Sometimes I see that person in the mirror.
Jesus told us: Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Luke 12:25 NIV
And which of you is able by anxious thought to add a moment to his life? Luke 12:25 WNT
Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height? Luke 12:25 WEB
Who of you, being anxious, is able to add to his age one cubit? Luke 12:25 YLT
I woke up one morning and the first thing I had to face was worrying about deals that weren’t promising to close. I worked for them for months only to see them crumbling in my hands. The enemy was sitting right at the edge of my bed waiting to pile me up with anxiety. Right there and then I knew where this was all about. Luke 12:25 came to surface in my spirit. “That is Jesus talking to me” I said to myself. I can choose to listen to Him or listen to worries which are the enemy’s tactics of stealing my joy. I chose to listen to Christ. I knew I can be paralyzed by fear and worries and cares of this world but He is my Lord. He knows everything going on in my life present-and-future. So, casting my cares upon Him should come naturally–right? Yes, it should be part of my DNA. That’s what a mature believer should do even though I stumble from time to time.
Then I heard inside me a calm voice say “Don’t worry-praise”. I praised the Lord in my Spirit. I recited all praises scriptures I could remember back to Him. He was my song. Fear couldn’t stand the heat. It fled.
The stupid thing about worry is it can give you ulcers or, a stroke or, migraine headache, or a heart attack. But the one thing worry can’t give you is a longer life. It cannot add a cubit in your heights. It can’t add money on your bank account. A man can worry himself to death, but he can’t worry himself into a longer life.
Most of us cannot brush off the uncertainties of life. It is definitely not easy to discard the habit of worrying because we live in a world of anxiety. Worry is one of the most powerful weapons the enemy likes to use to fight with children of God. It is easy to give in to worries perhaps more than anything. And if you dig down to it, worries is simply the unbelief. Worry is a result of lack of faith and Jesus knew this. He went to a heart of it.
I would submit to you that Jesus intends for us to live differently. While teaching his disciples during the Sermon on the Mount, he addresses food and clothing, ordinary items that do not cause most of us difficulty. A bit later he asks, “Why do you worry about your life?” Here in the Gospel of Luke, his question to them is worded a bit differently. He poses the same question this way, “Which of you can add even one single hour to your life by worry?” Luke 12:25 and Matthew 6:27
We live in a world of fear. We live in a world of terror. Most of us respond with a kind of simple equation: the more vulnerable we feel and the greater our sense of losing control and power, the greater our worry and anxiety.
“Worry is destructive. Worry is deceptive. Worry is distracting. Worry is unfruitful, producing no good results. Worry leads us to a false view of life and a false view of God. ” writes Kirk H Neely
We cannot let worry play us. We must play worry. We must take a Godly approach. Otherwise, worry spins us into a cycle that produces nothing.
We hear Jesus ask, “Why do you worry?” and think he proposes a preposterous question. Of-course we worry. We cannot brush away the things that plague our lives and act as if they do not exist.
Matthew Henry commentary says ” The arguments here used are for our encouragement to cast our care upon God, which is the right way to get ease. As in our stature, so in our state, it is our wisdom to take it as it is. An eager, anxious pursuit of the things of this world, even necessary things, ill becomes the disciples of Christ.”
Fears must not prevail; when we frighten ourselves with thoughts of evil to come and put ourselves upon needless cares how to avoid it. If we value the beauty of holiness, we shall not crave the luxuries of life. Let us then examine whether we belong to this little flock. Christ is our Master, and we are his servants. We must be as women that wait for their lord, that sit up while he stays out late, to be ready to receive him.
The gospel is this: our shepherd came. I believe Christ was so motivated to die for us because He had compassion. He couldn’t take it anymore. He had to endure the pain to free us. And so this should be our motivation; running to the cross when we face challenges. We go there to praise Him for what He has done for us. In that secret place is where we find serene.
This is my song: