Good For Nothing
by Kimberly B. Southall
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Worry is probably no stranger to any of us. Some worry
little and some worry a lot. But no matter how frequently we worry, one
thing is certain--worry is good for nothing. Think about it. Have you ever
known worry, in and of itself, to be beneficial or accomplish anything?
Of course not. Sometimes the actions one takes while he is worried can
be good, but the worry itself is less than worthless. Worry is one of the
worst time-wasting, mind-distressing, health-detracting plagues there is.
So it's not surprising that the Bible teaches us not to worry. What reasons
Worry prevents us from seeking spiritual things.
When Jesus was in the home of Mary and Martha, Mary sat at Jesus' feet
and listened to his teaching. (See Luke
10:38-42). There was Martha hustling and bustling
around trying to prepare the meal and make things nice--all by herself.
Finally, Martha obviously couldn't stand it anymore, and she complained
about Mary's lack of help to Jesus. Many of us can certainly sympathize
with Martha, can't we? After all, just who did Mary think she was sitting
there while Martha had to do all of the work, we might reason. But what
a shocker Jesus' reply was for those of us who think that way, huh? Jesus
said that Mary had the right attitude about it. He explained to
Martha that Mary had chosen what was better, that obviously being the spiritual
food He was giving her, and that it would not be taken away from her. Most
of us could learn a lesson from Mary, too, couldn't we? Instead of worrying
about the things of this world like Martha, we ought to be seeking spiritual
things like Mary.
Worry causes unfruitfulness. In the
parable of the sower, we see another result of worry--unfruitfulness. (See
4:1-20; and Luke
8:1-15.) Jesus teaches that those who receive
the word can permit the worries of this life to choke them and make them
unfruitful. And that is a very serious problem, indeed, because other scriptures
tell us that those who are unfruitful are condemned in the end (see
15:5-6). So, above all, we must not allow worry
to make us unfruitful.
God's people should place their trust in Him.
In the book of Jeremiah, the Lord tells us that one who trusts in Him has
no worries and never fails to bear fruit (see Jeremiah
17:7-8). Did you catch that? Let's say it again:
One who trusts in the Lord has no worries. Of course, it
is sometimes easier said than done, but when we trust in God instead of
in ourselves or others, we really don't have anything to worry about. God
always takes care of our needs. Jesus points this out to His followers
in the New Testament, too. He tells us not to worry about our physical
needs, because God will take care of us. He also emphasizes the pointlessness
of worry--it won't add a single hour to life--and that we ought to be seeking
God's kingdom and righteousness first. (See Matthew
12:22-34.) Jesus also makes it clear that there
really aren't any exceptions for which we should allow ourselves to worry.
He even advises us not to worry when we are persecuted for our faith in
Him. He assures us that the Holy Spirit will guide us in those circumstances
if we will stand firm for Him. (See Matthew
12:1-12.) Yes, not worrying even in difficult
circumstances can sound like quite a "tall order," but we must never lose
sight of the fact that God loves us and is in control. Therefore, when
we place our trust in Him, we don't have a valid reason to worry.
Worry is something which we all have to face at one time or another. Let
us always remember that we should not hang onto it, though. In fact, there
isn't any good reason to let worry dwell in our lives. Remember what worry
can do--and all of it is bad. Worry never has accomplished anything good
and it never will. Worry is good for nothing.
Copyright © 2000 Kimberly B. Southall.
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