Matthew 6:27, 1 Peter 5:7, Romans 8:32
I recently was reading an article that said that you could extend your life. You can add years to your life if you follow five healthy habits. For men they can extend their lives up to 12 years and women up to 14 years. So what was the number one healthy habit to follow? Worrying.
Of course not, of course worrying wasn’t number one on the list, it was number 6 or 7. No, no, it wasn’t number 6 or 7 either, it wasn’t on the list at all, right? Why would anybody think that worrying is going to extend your life?
In fact, Jesus tells us something similar to this in Matthew Chapter 6. It says:
“Which of you can add a single moment to his lifespan by worrying?”(Matthew 6:27)
Really describes the foolishness of worrying. That rather than spending all of that brainpower, all that time, all of those late nights not getting sleep because you’re thinking about what’s going to happen tomorrow or what’s going to happen in the future with your family or with yourself. That’s just ultimately a big waste of time. So what should we do instead?
I don’t want you to get all nervous and concerned and worried about worrying. That every time you slip into worrying then you start worrying about doing even that. God would have us do something else instead. First Peter chapter 5 verse 7 the apostle writes this:
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
He instructs us when you begin worrying about things, place it on God. Give it to him to think about, to solve. And how do we do that? Ultimately we can do it by giving those things to God in prayer. Asking God to take care of those things, to help us in those areas that we are nervous and concerned about.
“God you take care of them.”
“God you solve them.”
How do we know that he’ll actually help? Peter writes ‘because he cares for you.’ The Bible says it. Do we really know that God cares for us? The apostle Paul tells us in Romans chapter 8.
Indeed, he who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also graciously give us all things along with him?(Romans 8:32)
If we ever doubt that God cares for us, we need only turn to the cross and see his amazing love and care for us. We took care of our greatest concern of all that of our sin and our guilt and he sent his Son Jesus to pay for that sin, to make us right with God.
That same God who is willing to give his Son for you certainly can take care of the minor things in our lives and take care of the things concerning our body or concerning our families or concerning the world. And so he invites us bring them to him. Cast your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Amen.