Worthless Worry (Philippians 4:6)

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Worry is nothing more than unbelief in disguise. Writing about the futility of worry, Ian Maclaren said, “What does your anxiety do? It does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but it does empty today of its strength. It does not make you escape the evil; it makes you unfit to cope with it when it comes. God gives us the power to bear all the sorrow of His making, but He does not guarantee to give us strength to bear the burdens of our own making such as worry induces.” No wonder the bible repeatedly warns against being anxious and fretful!

When an experienced physician analyzed the worriers among his patients, he found that 40 percent of the people were apprehensive about things that never happened. Another 30 percent were upset about the things of the past. And 12 percent feared the loss of their health, although their only illness was in their imagination. The rest had other worries, but in most cases the doctor discovered no basis at all for their fears.

A bassoon player came up to his conductor, Arturo Toscanni, and nervously said that he could not reach the high E flat. Toscanni just smiled and replied, “Don’t worry. There is no E flat in your music tonight.” Many of our worries are like that – unfounded and unnecessary.

Worry is both worthless and wrong because God’s grace will be sufficient for each day’s need. Take comfort in this thought, and walk the pathway of life with faith, not fear. – Henry G. Bosch

I walked life’s path with worry,

Disturbed and quite unblessed,

Until I trusted Jesus;

Now faith has given rest. – H. G. Bosch

God never asks us to bear tomorrow’s burdens with today’s grace.

  • May 2, 1985, Our Daily Bread