February 2015

Greetings in the name of Christ:

I have always worried a lot, and my worries are compounded during the first quarter of every year.

There are year-end reports to be completed, financial information to be compiled for filing taxes (it sure would help if I did this monthly, as I should, rather then the first of the year), and this year I have added to the list writing papers for my Course of Study classes, as well as a host of other issues I tend to worry about.

And, of course, there are many other things in our life that we could worry about, but are any of them really worth making ourselves sick with worry? One thing that I have learned over time, God always provides.

For many years, until we moved to Talihina, I used to have the Scripture from Matthew 6:25-27 posted on my desk:

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? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

How very true this Scripture is!

Worrying accomplishes absolutely nothing.

Most of us do not have any time to waste these days, and worrying is a waste of very precious time. Worrying will not help us solve a problem or bring a solution, so why waste our time and energy on it?

In Matthew 6:27 Jesus asks, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29

Worrying is not good for us.

Worrying can be destructive to us in many ways. It becomes a mental burden that can even cause us to become physically ill.

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” Proverbs 12:25

If we trust in God, why do we worry so much? Worrying is the opposite of trusting God. The energy that we spend worrying could be put to much better use in prayer. Here is a little formula to remember: Worry replaced by Prayer equals Trust. Prayer has always worked for me, and God does answer our prayers.

“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith?” Matthew 6:30

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

Worrying puts our focus in the wrong direction.

When we keep our eyes focused on God, we remember his love for us and we realize that we truly have nothing to worry about. God has a wonderful plan for our lives, and part of that plan includes taking care of us. Even in difficult times, when it seems like God doesn’t care, we can put our trust in the Lord and focus on his kingdom. God will take care of our every need!

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31-33

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

So put your trust in God instead of making yourself sick with worry.

In faithful service,

Don Baker

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