In Matthew 6:25–34, we find the portion of the Sermon on them Mount, where Jesus deals with Anxiety.
Basically His advise if you will is what good is there in worrying? In other words how does it benefit you? In v.25 He asks is life not more than the temporal (food, clothing and shelter) are we not to live for the eternal? In v.26 He notes, all that God does for nature and how much more will He do for His chosen? Finally in our text, what is it you hope to gain? Will worry and extend our lives?
No matter the situation, no matter the problems of life God is in control and His shoulders are big enough for all our burdens.
It should be clear by now that unchecked anxiety isn’t good for you. It’s a sin expressly forbidden by the Lord, so there is the spiritual cost to consider. But it’s also harmful to your health, your productivity, and your relationships. It wreaks havoc throughout your life, and as we saw yesterday, it strangles your mind.
Here are the rest of the articles in the series in ascending order:
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility
God’s Sovereignty in Salvation
God’s Unimpeachable Sovereignty
God’s Sovereignty and Our Gospel Responsibility
Overwhelmed by Anxiety?
Worn Out by Worry
October 24 http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. – Psalm 127:2
Rodney couldn’t sleep. He tossed and turned, thinking of the bills yet to pay, the braces needed for the children’s teeth, the pressures at work, the promises made but not yet fulfilled. Each time he pushed one demon thought from his mind, another popped in. His health was beginning to be affected by his lack of sleep. That added just one more thing to his list of worries.
Worry is the last thing that will help our problems. In fact, worry can immobilize us from being able to take any kind of positive steps toward solutions. The only purpose for worry is to indicate to us that we need to turn our problems over to God. Once we enlist the help of our Lord, then we can rest easy. God will carry us through any situation, and He will grant us peace of mind and peace of heart.
Prayer: So often I am haunted by problems and concerns, Lord. Lift their weight from my shoulders and allow me to rest. Amen.
Upon doing some research I found this verse has met with many interpretations. Yet It stuck me so, that I felt the need to comment, remember this follows Faith Builders Ministry Theme Verse v1a “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:”. So why did David call is vain worry? Most commentaries in one fashion or another agree that good rest is need to carry out the labors noted in verse one and its foolish to rise early or stay up late and not get the needed time. But Vanity is a personal inward trait and herein I believe David is pointing out that it is selfish, self-centered and ungodly to go about the work of God in verse one having done the these things in verse two. If God has set you on a mission no matter the obstacles, no matter the labors you can find the strength and the rest in HIM to accomplish see it through.
The Hebrew word here is Shav’ Definition: 1.emptiness, vanity, falsehood 2. emptiness, nothingness, vanity 3. emptiness of speech, lying 4. worthlessness (of conduct)
The Hebrew lexicon is Brown, Driver, Briggs, Gesenius Lexicon; this is keyed to the “Theological Word Book of the Old Testament.” These files are considered public domain.