Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
If hours were to be added to my life by the amount of worrying I have done in it, I’d probably be around to blow out 100 candles.
Jesus asked this question and it is as valid a question as centuries ago when He asked it. The question’s answer is still the same though: NO!
I can count the number of my problems my worrying has solved: ZERO! Yet I confess to being guilty of praying about some matter and no sooner have I finished my prayer that I turn into a worry wart over that matter.
I wonder if there are those who can truly claim to have never been a worry wart. I’d be skeptical if someone told me they didn’t worry about a thing. Really? Someone wearing a smile as often as I wear my eyeglasses? I’m skeptical of such but if someone has managed to get through the business of living without wasting time worrying, good for them.
I take some comfort in knowing I’m not the only worry wart. Its a common problem. Worry is job security for doctors who treat anxiety disorders. Seriously, you can find characters in the Bible who struggled with worry. Just the fact that Jesus asked this question indicates worry was a problem back then as well as it is now.
The disciples, for instance, struggled with faith even though they had Jesus right there with them. Such as when they were on a boat with Jesus when a bad storm came up all of the sudden. Jesus was taking a nap but the disciples were wide awake. I don’t spend any time on boats myself but even I know that when there’s thunder, lightning, high winds, and downpouring rain, one of the last places one would want to be is on a boat. I can’t blame the disciples for their fright even though they had Jesus, the Son of God, on board.
Although they awakened Jesus and asked for His help, it seems they weren’t asking with much confidence at all. I say that because when Jesus told the storm to go away and like an obedient child it did, he asked his stunned disciples where was their faith. Did they really think He was going to let them drown or that He himself would be doomed to drown with them? The disciples eyes were on the storm. More often than I know, when trouble comes, my eyes are on the storm before they are where they belong — on Jesus.