ODJ: Wasted Brainwaves


March 26, 2012 


I tell you not to worry about everyday life (v.25).  

READ: Matthew 6:25-34 

I chatted with a close friend while standing in line at a local cafe. However then a sliver of worry pierced the moment. It had been several hours since I left home. I wondered if I had been away too long. I pictured my children wailing and unhappy. The ‘what ifs’ started rolling. Seconds later I spotted a sign above the cash register. It read: Worry Is a Misuse of Imagination. 


I had to agree. Worry sometimes involves dreaming up problems that may never exist. It also includes legitimate concerns over trouble in daily life. Jesus said, however, “[Don’t] worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear” (Matthew 6:25). 


We’re not supposed to lose sleep over those things because fretting won’t fix our problems. It’s ineffective. To emphasise this point Jesus asked a question: “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (v.27). Personalising Jesus’ question may help us avoid wasting our time with worry. Consider these questions: If I worry about being single, will I meet Mr. Right? If I’m preoccupied with getting pregnant, will we conceive? If I worry about finding work, will I get a job?


Jesus assures us that worrying won’t work, but faith can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). Speaking to nail-biters like myself, He inquired, “Why do you have so little faith?” (6:30). It’s a good question. As Christians we have already learned to trust God for our salvation, and evidence of His provision in the here and now is all around us, for He faithfully clothes the flowers and feeds the birds.


Since God provides for the fragile and fleeting parts of His creation, we don’t have to waste our brainwaves on worry. Instead, we can give all our concerns to God, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). —Jennifer Benson Schuldt

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Why is it impossible for worry and faith to coexist in the heart of a believer? How does worrying affect our relationship with God?  

3 Comments

  1. Obadiah Lamshwa Lamare says:

    It’s incredibly hard to see the magnificent raindrops of the sweet spring shower dancing on the leaves and flowers if eyes remain tightly and firmly shut, awaiting a horrid sandstorm. The idea of a sandstorm in the middle of a pleasant, refreshing outburst in spring is as unnatural as the thought of losing out on a moment of beauty and serenity because of imagined dangers! We do live in a dangerous world, a world surrounded by threats emanating from almost every corner, and the worst thing we can do, is create our own fantasy monsters and problems; we need not offer the world any assistance in making life harder than it already is and more ridden with fears! The truth is that, dangers should not hinder our happiness. When we feel scared, we just need to run to Christ and when we are conjuring our own sets of demons we just need to busy ourselves with more sensible things, like looking at the brighter side of life and hoping for things to get better. In the end the truth remains that Jesus Christ remains the best remedy, the best protector and help when it comes to dealing with our problems, our demons, our monsters, imagined or otherwise!
    ‘NO POWER OF HELL, NO SCHEME OF MAN,
    CAN EVER PLUCK ME FROM HIS HAND;
    TILL HE RETURNS OR CALLS ME HOME,
    HERE IN THE POWER OF CHRIST I STAND!’
    Love and Hugs! Jesus Loves and keep you! :D

  2. Samuel says:

    a Christian artist said in a lyric it’s death that men fear I’ve been there

    fear that great word we love to hate
    I told a friend of mine that he should make his fear his friend coz it will probably follow him to his grave we never spoke after that

    countless times men in the Bible have been told not to fear to be strong and very courageous

    so why would God talk about something that were not to have if it were not possible to have it?

    Solomon said that the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom

    David said that your word have I hidden in my hear that I may not sin against you

    Joshua was told not to let this word depart from his mouth – to meditate on it night n day

    Moses feared the lord so much he hid his face from the lord – asking him “who am I lord that u send me?”

    JEREMIAH said “oh me of unclean lips my eyes have seen the lords glory n I am undone- my lips are unclean n I live among a people of unclean lips”

    JOB said of the lord- though he slay me yet I will trust in you
    again he said – lord hide me in the grave until your wrath has passes
    again he said “the lord gives and the lord takes away – blessed b the name of the lord”
    again he said – shall I accept good from the lord and not evil? naked I came naked I shall return

    a fool says in his heart there is no God

    how long shall the wicked conspire against the truth? David …

    Paul said that men knew the truth but exchanged it for a lie – loving the creation n not the Creator – so God gave them up to their wicked desires

    let every man consider his ways and again turn to the lord
    lamentations

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