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“…which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?” – Luke 12: 25-26
HERE WE HAVE the logic of God versus man’s common sense. In God’s eyes, adding a single hour to one’s life is such a trivial act for Him to perform, yet absolutely impossible for any man or woman to accomplish. Few of us face and answer the question Jesus asks, but herein lays the cure to all worrying.
“…why are you anxious about the rest [the “rest” which is less significant]?” If we would take the time to understand what He said – and still continues to say – that He literally is in complete charge and control of our entire life’s span, we would see the futility and absurdity of being weighed down with fear, anticipating how our lives are going to pan out. “…do not be anxious about your life” yet there are many who prefer the ‘security’ of their own common sense and of being able to plan ahead in preparation for bad times on the ‘horizon’ instead of implicitly leaning on God (Proverbs 3:5-7). Anxiety has no capacity to calm, solve and supply in the long run. Instead, it depletes us of God’s life and peace.
Few realize that we are of far more worth than the birds God feeds, the flowers He gloriously arrays and the fields He clothes with grass. Those words, “…how much more will He clothe you…” ought to shake us out of our unbelief into grasping that God, Who delivered up His own Son for our sin and Who is now for us, will not withhold anything good from us (Romans 8:32). To have such confidence in God is not presumptuous, but it is preposterous to think, believe and act otherwise; that is saying with the devil: “Did God actually say…?”
Faith, born of heaven, says, “Yes, He did say that and His Word shall not return unto Him void.” One of the many impacting influences Oswald Chambers had on others was his refusal to worry because of Who God is. He stated, “Worrying means that we do not think that God can look after the practical details of our lives.”
“Do not be anxious about your life.” This is not to implicate that we just sit back irresponsibly; God never condones laziness. We are living in very uncertain days and the media will harp on that to endless degrees. The world calculates without God in view, but that is never to be the Christian’s outlook. The Christian lives responsibly – amidst all the facts of life – in the now, not just when disaster and disorder strikes, for as and when those times arise, God’s man or woman will be found spiritually intact – Confident in Him. Be wise, be watchful but never panic – that is blasphemy in God’s economy. It is a grievous insult to question and disbelieve God’s supremacy and sovereignty to sustain all that He called into being out of nothing. Many Christian fundamentalists have no hassles believing that “All things were made through Christ, and without Him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3), but why on earth we have difficulties in believing that God is more than able to keep and nurture what He has created defies and contradicts logic and intelligence at its highest level; it would make more sense to question the former rather than the latter!
The problem is that we speculate rather than meditate upon the God of eternal truth; we ought to be thinking more on Him, Who He is – that He is faithful to His covenantal promises. In that light we dare not worry; we cannot worry as we are mindful of Him. The knowledge that He is mindful of us means that we are free to concentrate on Him and leave to His providence to provide all that we need.