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Why Worry?

June 27, 2023

Matthew 6:27
Which of you by being anxious, can add one moment[a] to his lifespan?

The Greek verb MERIMNAO, translated here as “by being worried” in our verse, carries with it the idea of “thought” or “careful pondering”.  It comes from MERIZO (divide) and NOUS (mind).  Being in a state of worry causes your mind to divide, so that it spends sometime in the present, but also frets about the problems of tomorrow.  Worry begins when one feels like they can’t control their circumstances.  Studies have shown that only one out of every ten worries come true. Worrying is a waste of your imagination, because with worry, your imagination runs wild.  Research reported by Wake-Up Charlotte says this: “Researchers asked 29 people with General Anxiety Disorder to keep a journal of everything that worried them over a 10-day period. After three weeks, researchers asked the participants to tell them how many of those worries happened over the course of 30 days.  The results found that 91.4% of the predictions did not come true.” (https://www.wcnc.com)

The divine creator knows how our mind works; He developed its parameters.  Understanding these facts, our Lord deals with the inevitable battle with worry.  Even though people deal with stress at many different levels, everyone is affected in some way.  What do we do when we are overwhelmed by life?  This is where your faith-rest process should begin.  Start with prayer because God tells us to cast “all your anxiety (MERIMNA) on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) He loves you! You are His child.  Even though most worries are never realized, go to Him.  He wants to hear from you.  Secondly, quote a promise… “I will never leave you nor forsake you” … “Take heart; I have overcome the world” … “Be still and know that I am God.”  Hide these promises in your heart and recall them in a time of need.  So, my third suggestion is to memorize scripture in order to deal with worry.  There is nothing better than a well-timed verse in a moment of need.  Lastly, serving and helping others can dispel our own problems, even if only for a short time.   Jesus finishes this section by supporting this idea with this often-quoted verse: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33)

Dave F 

      ‘69 / ‘76 / Egg Harbor Twp   NJ

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