The Devil’s Merry-Go-Round by Dr. J.T. Parish
The Devil’s Merry-Go-Round
A merry-go-round has movement but doesn’t go anywhere. You get off right where you got on. It goes in a circle. The devil has a merry go-round with three horses. It will take you on a ride that is a vicious circle of worry, doubt, and fear.
The first horse is worry. Some people have a motto: “Don’t just sit there-worry.” A better motto would be: “Why worry when you can pray?” Worry accomplishes nothing. It doesn’t solve tomorrow’s problems, but it will wear you out by costing you a good night’s sleep and make you les able to deal with tomorrow’s problems.
The apostles Paul and Peter give us the cure to worry. Peter said, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) Paul said, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil 4:6)
The Psalmist told us how useless it is to worry. “It is vain (Useless) for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrow; for so He gives His beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2)
Nobody said it like Jesus did when He spoke the Sermon on the Mount. Four times He said we should not worry. We should not worry about what we eat, what we wear, and what might happen tomorrow.
Jesus gave us two examples. He told us what to consider. “Consider the lilies.” They don’t toil and labor, yet God clothes them better than King Solomon in all his splendor. “Consider the birds.” They don’t build farms and store food. Yet God feeds them. You are much more valuable to God than birds, so don’t worry!
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Climb down off the merry-go-round horse of worry. It is not getting you anywhere.
To Be Continued…