Wouldn’t it would be a lot easier to enjoy your life if there weren’t so many things trying to kill you every day? The problems start even before you’re fully awake. There’s the fall out of bed that kills 600 Americans each year. There’s the early-morning heart attack, which is 40% more common than those that strike later in the day. There’s the fatal plunge down the stairs, the bite of sausage that gets lodged in your throat, the tumble on the slippery sidewalk as you leave the house, the high-speed automotive pinball game that is your daily commute.
You still have people avoiding a bag of spinach for fear of E. coli bacteria while filling their carts with fat-sodden French fries and salt-crusted nachos. We put filters on faucets, install air ionizers in our homes and lather ourselves with antibacterial soap. At the same time, 20% of all adults still smoke; nearly 20% of drivers and more than 30% of backseat passengers don’t use seat belts; two-thirds of us are overweight or obese. Oh, there’s plenty for us to worry about.
TIME magazine stated in a recent article called “Worrying Yourself Sick,” that we are worrying about things that are unlikely to take place anyway. You worry about mad cow disease, but you’re ten times more likely to drown in a bathtub than get mad cow disease. In the U.S. last year, only 2 died of snakebite and no one came down with bird flu, but those things consume our worries and our media.
What did Jesus have to say about worry? He said when we worry we have no more faith than a pagan or unbeliever. He also said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Maybe you need to read the whole chapter on what Jesus said about worrying (Matthew 6:25-34).
So, why do we worry? Do we not trust God? Do we think God won’t take care of us? Is he not strong enough? Is He blind to our needs? Is the reason we worry because we have no faith? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!