“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”
Corrie Ten Boom
There’s a song called “War” by Edwin Starr that I would have never known about, and you probably would have never heard of it too, if it wasn’t for the movie “Rush Hour.” The verse that they sing in the movie goes like this “war what is it good for, absolutely nothing.” I was thinking about this and there is another word that starts with “W” that you could replace the word “war” with and it would fit into the verse just fine. That word is worry. Worry what is it good for, absolutely nothing. Here’s why.
Jesus spoke on worry in Matthew 6:19-34. He said that what good does it do to worry about tomorrow. Because you can’t change it. You can’t add another hour to your life. Jesus goes on to say that if God feeds the birds and clothes the flowers, how much more will He take care of you.
The interesting thing is that when Jesus talks about worrying, He starts talking about money. So much of the things we tend to worry about involve money. If our money starts to get funny, we seem to get all bent out of shape. Look at America right now. Since the economy has started to decline, there has been more worry and fear then ever before.
We worry about our past that we lose focus on the present. We worry about tomorrow that we lose sight of the here and now. We worry about others that we lose focus on ourselves. We are so caught up with something else and consumed with worry that when God is talking to us we forget what He said.
So what do you do about worry? Well Jesus finishes up in Matthew 6 by saying “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” (See Matthew 6:33). In other words, focus on God and you won’t be worried about everything else because He will take care of you. Paul said it this way “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (See Philippians 4:6-7). In other words, don’t worry but thank God in everything because what you’re praying for has already been taken care of by God. Because when we say “Thank You,” we say it after we have received what we had asked for. So Paul is telling us that we don’t have to worry, because what we are worrying about, God has already worked it out.
So worry…what is it good for?