We worry about many things. Those who are poor worry about not having any money, and those who have money worry about losing it. Those who are young worry about growing old, and those who are old worry about the uncertain future. We seem to think that worry is a natural pastime.
The very best we can say about worry is that it is useless. Worry never solved a problem. Worry never lifted a burden. Worry never dried a tear.
Worry is actually harmful. You need to know what worry does in the life of a believer. Now, every day has a sufficient amount of trouble. Along with the trouble, God gives us a sufficient amount of strength. God takes a certain amount of trouble, a certain amount of strength and a certain amount of blessings and says it is just right for today.
Now, what happens is that many of us go out into tomorrow, and we borrow trouble from tomorrow. We take tomorrow's problems, and we add them to today's strength. We get the whole thing messed up.
Jesus said, “Take no thought for tomorrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.” In other words, I have given you strength for today, not tomorrow.
Now, when you go out into tomorrow, and you borrow problems and bring them into to-day, you don't take the sorrow out of tomorrow; you take the strength out of today.
Worry is the interest you pay for borrowed trouble. When you go into tomorrow and drag tomorrow's problems into today, you mess up the whole ecology. You mess up the whole delicate balance that God has made for your life. It will bury your blessings.
We are all knee-high in blessings, but many times we don't see it because worry pulls to-morrow’s clouds over today's sunshine. Sometimes we can be standing knee-hghi in the har-vest and be looking for a famine. We fail to see the blessings that God has already given us.
God gives us rain and sunshine. All sunshine gives us a desert, and all rain gives us a swamp; rain mixed with sunshine gives us a garden. That’s what God is up to. He is building your life. Don't let the problems cover up the blessings.
The Bible says, “He knows our frame.” Now, what that means is that he knows what we can bear. A one-ton truck has the frame to carry one ton. Now, suppose he has fully loaded your truck, and then you go out and put another load on it. No wonder you have to call a wrecker on the highway of life.
God has given you a certain frame, and you go out and borrow trouble from tomorrow. It will steal your strength.
One man said, “My life has been filled with terrible misfortunes, most of which, never happened.” We worry about things that never happen, but many of the things we worry about do happen because we worry about them. Job said, “The thing I feared has come upon me.”
Worry doesn't make us ready, it makes us unready. It makes you unprepared for what is ahead. The Bible says, “Fear hath torment.” God is simply saying, don't overload yourself with worry.
You know the wealthiest man alive cannot feed all of the birds in the world, but Jesus says his heavenly father feeds them every day.
Mark McGuire is pastor of Noble Church of God. He can be reached at (706) 764-1093 or at email@example.com.