“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Nope. I love these kinds of verses in the Bible. It’s a book of course, so you can’t actually respond to the writer, but they ask a question to emphasize a point. To provide some background to the verse, the previous two verses say:
“25Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable then they?”
Worrying can consume us. I know it’s happened to me on many occasions, and I don’t doubt it might happen again. But these words are an invitation to: “rest in the arms of a loving father” as my Bible says. When we focus on earthly things it’s easy to get caught up and worry, but if God takes care birds, don’t you think he’d take care of his most valued creation? In fact, the Bible insists on multiple occasions that we are more valuable than sparrows in Matthew 10:31, and in Luke 12: 6-7. That’s two gospels telling the same story. That makes me pretty confident I don’t have to worry any more, how about you?