One of the leading causes of death is … Stress. Many diseases, accidents, suicides, and even murder tend to have a trace of stress somewhere in the paths leading up to them.
Here is the current definition of ‘stress’:
a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
Now let’s look at our scripture for today,
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]? Matthew 6:25-26
And the definition used for the word translated for worry:
1) to be anxious 1a) to be troubled with cares
We all know at the root of most stress is worry or anxiety. So how do we as Christians justify or reconcile our feelings of anxiety, worry, or stress? If we find ways to reconcile our feelings through verses 25 or 26, we can’t argue with the reasoning in verse 27. Really, it is quite simple. Has your worry ever, EVER added a single hour to your life? I can tell you right now, it has stolen more than a single hour from my life. How about your’s?
I will let Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary do the confronting on this one:
Anxiety frequently manifests itself in ungodly concern about provision, performance, or reputation, and appears to be rooted in incomplete knowledge, lack of control over circumstances, or failure to take an “eternal” perspective on things ( Matt 6:25-34 ; 10:19 ; Mark 13:11 ; Luke 12:11-12 Luke 12:22-34 ).
… In fact, anxiety is a subtle insinuation that God is either unable or disinclined to see to our welfare.
Ouch! I think that one stung many of us. If you tend to worry, stress, or be anxious about things, it might be time to do some serious evaluation along with communication with God.
You can say whatever you want, but the bottom line comes down to one question, “Do you trust God or not?”