“…SO WHY DO YOU WORRY?

When Jesus walked on this earth, He asked a lot of questions. His disciples, the general public, the religious authorities, the skeptical, the wannabe followers, the curious and His accusers all heard soul-piercing questions when interacting with Him.

Combing through Matthew’s gospel, one of the first of Jesus’ many questions that gripped me was: “…so why do you worry…?” (Matthew 6:28) It is tucked in the “Sermon on the Mount”, as Jesus was explaining the Father’s care, and it is every bit as valid today as it was on that mountainside nearly 2,000 years ago. Though it was asked in the context of God’s care and provision for His creation, it’s a question that we can add as a P.S. after any (and every!) promise God has made. Let’s see how that would look:

Lamentations 3:22,23: “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” …P.S. So why do you worry?

Jeremiah 32:27: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” …P.S. So why do you worry?

Isaiah 49:15: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you
.” …P.S. So why do you worry?

Jeremiah 33:3: Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ …P.S. So why do you worry?

The challenge we have is to take any and every promise that God gave us and add: P.S. …so why do you worry? That was Christ’s question to the people who were listening to His teaching so long ago, and it’s His question to you and me today!

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3 Responses to “…SO WHY DO YOU WORRY?

  1. Carole says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes I just have to take a deep breath and re-focus!

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  2. Peg says:

    So,” why worry when you can pray”! How often did we hear Mom tell us that? Seems like I can still hear her when I’m concerned about something. Then I remember “take no thought for tomorrow…” and find it so much better when I leave the concerns up to the Lord to take care of. He does a so much better job of that than I do. Too bad I have to be reminded so frequently! Thanks for the post. It is encouraging.

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