Here are some quotes from a message I listened to last week from John MacArthur on “Jesus, Worry, and You.” (Matthew 6:25-34)
Why we don’t need to worry:
First, “It is unnecessary because of Your Father.” Two, “It is uncharacteristic because of your faith.” Three, “It is unwise because of your future.” This is an incredibly dramatic and astute presentation by Our Lord. Because of Your Father, and because of your faith, and because of your future, it is foolish to worry.
What are the effects of worry physically?
One doctor said, “Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the entire nervous system. I have never known a man to die of overwork, but many who died of worry.” A person may literally worry himself to death…worry himself into bad health. But never will you worry yourself into a longer life.
How powerful is worry?
Worry is a tremendous force. It can warp your personality, it can steal your joy, it can rob your peace, it can foul up your relationships, it can cripple your faith, it can harm your usefulness, and it can wreck your Christian testimony. Worry is a powerful force. It’s not a trivial sin; it is a significant sin. It creates havoc in your heart and the hearts of those who are watching your life. I mean if Satan can get us to worry, and get us burdened and anxious and stressed and defeated and fearful, what kind of Christian testimony do we have? What kind of benediction and blessing are we to the people around us? What kind of usefulness do we have? And how in the world can that honor God? I mean there are some people who are so devoted to the sin of worry, that when they have nothing in the present to worry about, they look for something in the future. And the Lord forbids it; he says, “What are you doing worrying about tomorrow?”
What about fear and worry?
Fear, by the way, is a liar…fear is a liar. Fear tells you tomorrow is something to be afraid of. Fear tells you you’re not going to have what you need tomorrow. Fear tells you you’re not going to be up to it. Fear tells you if certain things happen, you’re never going to be able to survive it. Fear tells you that there’s terrible pain out there. Fear is a liar for the Christian because there is no thing that you’re ever going to go through, no trial, no temptation, that God will not provide sufficient grace to sustain you in.
Is worry really that serious of a sin?
Worry refuses to know God. It refuses to trust God. It refuses to love God. And worry is a serious sin. There may be greater sins, you know, in people’s eyes. But think about this: is there any greater sin than to distrust God’s promised love for His own? Is there a greater sin than that? Is there a greater sin than the sin that assaults the character of God? Is there a greater sin than the sin that assaults the promise of God? Is there a greater sin than the sin that assaults the attributes of God, namely His faithfulness? I don’t think so. It’s a serious, serious sin. So don’t worry.
So what should we do positively to stop worrying negatively?
Seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness, and then He’ll take care of the physical.