The Worry-Wart

by Stephen F. Olford

Text: “#/...do not worry about your life...For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things/#” (Matt. 6:25,32). Thought: Our Lord speaks here of that which so often spoils our lives: over-anxiety and concern. 1. We Need to See the Cause of Worry: “...do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink nor...what you will put on... do not worry about tomorrow” (vv. 25,34). The usual causes of worry are natural - food, clothes, health, and the future. Like a flood they overwhelm us and we forget that God knows our circumstances better then we do. So He says, “Don’t worry.” Rather, “Seek first the kingdom of God and...all these things shall be added to you” (v. 33). But the Lord Jesus proceeds with searching words about spiritual causes of worry. They are summed up in that phrase, “O ye of little faith” (v. 30). The lack of trust in the God of providence, omniscience, and beneficence shows blatant unbelief. How unworthy, therefore, to worry! Furthermore, the God of power gives strength and enabling for every day. So often we are defeated five minutes after we awake in the morning, instead of appropriating our resources for the day. 2. We Need to Seek the Cure to Worry: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (v. 33). Any area in our lives over which God is not reigning is enemy ground; and where God is dethroned and self is enthroned, faith goes out and fear, fretting, and friction come in. Jesus says, “Let God’s reign and righteousness possess you and worry will be expelled.” Study carefully Philippians 4:8,9. Thrust: “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry, Everything to God in prayer!” Joseph M. Scriven Dr. Olford is founder and senior lecturer of the Stephen Olford Center for Biblical Preaching, based in Memphis, Tennessee