ALL YOUR WORRYING CANNOT ADD EITHER AN INCH TO YOUR HEIGHT OR A MINUTE LONGER TO YOUR LIFE

ALL YOUR WORRYING CANNOT ADD EITHER AN INCH TO YOUR HEIGHT OR A MINUTE LONGER TO YOUR LIFE

Michael Jeshurun

“Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” [Matt 6:27]

All through this chapter our Lord is showing men not only the unnecessariness of anxious thoughts and cares but also the unprofitableness of them; it being impossible for a man, with all his care and thought to add even a cubit to his stature.

Though the word ‘stature’ is used by our Lord, He is not really talking about men’s HEIGHT and their anxiousness to increase it as some are in our day, but rather their AGE or life-span. As John Gill correctly explains, “a cubit may as well be applied to a man’s age, as an “hand’s breadth” is to his days, Psalm 39:5. Nor is it so reasonable to think, that Christ should be speaking of making such an addition to a man’s height; though that, to be sure, is an impossible thing: since the far greater part of Christ’s hearers must be come to their full growth, and could not hope to have any addition made to their height; though they might hope to add to their days”

Albert Barnes likewise says, “This word ‘Stature’ means “height.” The original word, however, means oftener “age,” John 9:21; “He is of age;” so also John 9:23. If this be its meaning here, as is probable (compare Robinson, Lexicon ), it denotes that a man cannot increase the length of his life at all. The utmost anxiety will not prolong it one hour beyond the time appointed for death.”

But whether it is your height or age you are worried about, you should know that all the worry in the world could not make you an inch taller or extend your life a minute longer. Why, then, do we give way to care about things which we cannot alter? If fretting were of any use it would have some excuse; but as it does no good, let us cease from it.

As the apostle said, ” Be careful (or anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” [Phil 4:6,7]

Praise the Lord!

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