A young woman visited her physician with concerns because she was feeling tired and fatigued all the time. After listening and examining the young woman, the doctor explained to her based on his examination and years of experience there was nothing physically causing her to be tired, worn out, or run down. However, he went onto explain to her she appeared tense and he noticed during the exam her neck was stiff, her back was tight, and all knotted up . He diagnosed her as being full of anxiety.
That diagnosis describes many people today; most of us are wound up in knots full of anxiety and apprehension. Most people are worried about losing their house to the bank, their job, their children to the streets, their spouse to another, their freedoms to an earthly judge, their life to some sort of cancer, and even their salvation to sin. Then there are some people who are worried about the fact that they are not worried at all. While we wrestle with worry one way or another, Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount challenges us to come to grips with it and to flat out stop it (Matt. 6:25, 34). He commands us to cease and desist. The Lord Jesus sees worry not as an illness that needs to be treated, but a sin that needs to be repented and stopped immediately.
We need to somehow come to the realization that worry is fruitless (Matt. 6:27) Worry is a futile exercise in that it does not add a single hour to anyone’s life. It is a lot of work for nothing. In fact, it makes things worse rather than better, in that it makes us unfit to deal with the situation that has us so uptight in the first place. It distracts our ability to focus, and it leaves us feeling tired and tense. Worry does not and will not ever change a thing except the person who is worrying, and it is not for the good. Someone once said, “Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but it does not get you anywhere.”
Secondly, we need to understand worry is faithless (Matt. 6:30) the worrier is someone whose faith is small. According to Jesus, the disciples were deficient in their trust towards God. They were not reflecting on God’s past and promised faithfulness. They lacked faith in the faithfulness of God, and that which is not of faith is sin (Rom. 14:23; Heb. 11:6). Anxiety, then, is not only a waste of emotional energy; it is an expression of spiritual forgetfulness and faithlessness. Anxiety envisages circumstances that may never occur or are unavoidable and cannot be altered, while forgetting truths about God’s unchanging character and care. Besides the Psalmist reminds us in (Psalms 55:22) “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Then Peter echoes those words in (1 Peter 5:7) “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” The word “Casting” used here is a command, and tells us how to handle the command of (1 Peter 5:6), how to be humbled. Anxiety is a contradiction to true humility. Unbelief is an exalting of one’s self against God, depending on self and failing to trust God. God is more concerned about our welfare than we could possibly be. We are not to submit to circumstances, but to the Lord Who controls ALL circumstances.
Last and not at all least, we need to recognize worry is fatherless (Matt. 6:31-32) Jesus understands that an orphaned world without God and hope scurries around in fits of anxiety wondering about stuff. What He does not understand is the anxiety of those whom God has adopted into His family by grace. Children from caring homes with good fathers do not worry and neither should those belonging to God’s family. Worry is practical atheism, and an affront to our Father in heaven. Worry is no respectable sin; it is fruitless, faithless, and fatherless.