Is it wrong to worry?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In this life and world, I would say that it would not be "wrong" (in the sense of sinful) to have anxious thoughts about various matters. Christians are expected to take a reasonable degree of care and stewardship with regard to the lives, abilities, and resources that God has entrusted to them, and to use them for His glory, and for the benefit of others.

However, as we progress in our walk with Christ, and after we have put forth our best effort, we should be striving (as God would lovingly have us do for our own benefit) to be continually more like Christ in leaving outcomes to God (especially with regard to matters over which we have no control); seeking to learn how those outcomes -- whatever they may be -- can be made instructive or usable (eternally if not temporally); and then acting based on that awareness.

Even Jesus prayed (to the point of sweating blood) that His forthcoming cup of suffering might be taken from Him, but ultimately submitted to the will of His Father.

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Jesus said in Matthew 6:25-26, especially Mt 6:26, that the reason we worry is that we are focusing on the wrong authority. If our Father feeds birds that have no soul, how much more will He take care of us since we are worth even more to Him? Remember His promise that He will never leave you nor forsake you as the first antidote to worry. – 
-- Tony Evans, fellow classmate at Dallas Seminary ‘71-75

26 "Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?"

-- See how much God values our life (Mt 6:26). 

Zig Ziglar put it in perspective when he asked us to think about the priceless masterpieces painted by DaVinci or Michelangelo. And Zig said, "I am roughly familiar with the price of the canvass and the paints. In and of themselves, they are not worth much at all. No -- The value of the painting comes from the touch of the Master's Hand." 

You are priceless because you were created by the greatest Master of all! On top of that, you are priceless because of the high price Jesus paid on the cross for your soul. --1 Peter 1:18-19

-- Recognize that worry is a waste (Mt 6:27)

The original word "cubit" can mean maturity in size or years, so either interpretation works. But the point is that no matter how much you worry about it, you can't add a foot to your height or an hour to your life. Worry is a complete waste. It's useless. It will get you no where.
*Mike Fogerson gave the comparison of a mouse living in a cage with one of those little exercise wheels. A mouse in a cage like that can travel 9,000 miles in his lifetime! But he doesn't get anywhere. Worry is the same way. You can worry 24/7 and guess what? You are still right where you started. --Rick Crandall

Instead of helping us live longer, anxiety only makes life shorter (Matt. 6:27). The Greek word translated “take no thought” literally means “to be drawn in different directions.” Worry pulls us apart. WW
Whatever problem is causing you to feel anxious, you can be sure your anxiety will not lessen the problem. It will only make you miserable while you try to deal with it. So don’t be anxious. It’s useless. John Piper

28 “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:” (Focus on our Father’s providential care!)
29 “And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” 
The invitation in Mt 6:31-34 is to put God in first place, and he will meet all your needs!

31 	Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?	
32 	(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 

33 	"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." ----In verse 33, is that when you seek the kingdom of God first, he works for you and provides all your needs. The best reason to stop being anxious is that when you do, God starts being anxious for you. It’s such a foolish thing to insist on carrying anxious burdens which God has promised to carry for us when we put his kingly honor first in everything we do. John Piper	

34 	Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.	

See a good song based on some of the above verses, only in the parallel in Luke 12:

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