Today’s Verse

“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” — Matthew 6:27 NLT

Devotion

You’re the one that always worries about things. After all, so you say, you can’t just sit there and do nothing. Life demands some concern. Responsible people go over things. Lazy people don’t. You don’t want to be lazy. You want to be responsible. You want to be the kind of person that takes things seriously. You want to be known for the care and concern that you bring to the world. That’s why you go over and over everything that comes your way and, if truth be told, that’s why you go over and over everything that comes the way of friends and family as well.

In other words, you don’t worry some of the time. You worry all of the time. You worry about all the bad things that could happen. You think that by going over all the possibilities for disaster you’re being responsible. You think that by reminding others of all the possibilities you’re helping them. If they can’t worry for themselves, you seem to assume, then you’ll do it for them. They might not realize what they’re in for. They might not be aware of what could happen. So, you tell them. You won’t let them leave before you warn them of everything bad that could happen.

You’re also filled with anxiety. Worry isn’t enough for you. Fear and anxiety are necessary as well. You see that your friends and family don’t bring the same kind of care and concern to the situation that you do and it fills you with distress. Surely, they’re doomed since they won’t listen. Surely, the worst will happen because they don’t care as much as you do. You allow yourself to be tormented by your anxieties. You allow them to wear you out. By the end of the day you’re exhausted.

If all this describes you, then our verse for today is for you. The thing about worry is that it can’t do anything for you. It can’t add a single moment to your life, or anything else for that matter. Instead of helping, it adds a burden. Instead of solving a problem, it adds a second one. Now you also have to deal with your worries and anxieties.

Jesus’ question in our verse doesn’t expect an answer. It expects you to give up your worries. It expects you to trust God to take care of you and your loved ones.