Today’s word is “Do not worry”.
I find it interesting that Dictionary.com defines worry as:
verb (used without object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
1. to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.
2. to move with effort: an old car worrying uphill.
verb (used with object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
3. to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague.
4. to seize, especially by the throat, with the teeth and shake or mangle, as one animal does another.
5. to harass by repeated biting, snapping, etc.
I see a picture of young man in a rocking chair, his face is twisted and he’s wringing his hands rocking back and forth, back and forth. I don’t know how fast time is passing, but as the man rocks and wrings his hands, he ages. He ages faster the more he rocks, and not only is his face twisted, but his knuckles become gnarled and twisted as well. Worrying has worn him down and aged him.
I hear the Lord say “I did not tell you to not worry as a suggestion, it is a directive. I AM not a god of torment, and worry is a tormentor. I AM peace, I AM strength, I AM all you need. When you cast your cares upon Me you cut off the twisting arm of worry, and you muzzle it’s harassment. You have sat too long in the rocking chair of worrisome thoughts, allowing torment and harassment to age you. Come into My Presence, the Light of My Love and and be set free from the tormentor. Where My Spirit is, there is freedom refreshment. Increase your faith, increase your peace and increase your joy. Come to Me, cast your cares upon Me for I see how tired and weary you are. Come to Me and be free.”
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life (Matthew 6:27 NLT).
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7).