We all worry about things, some more than others. It’s human nature to be concerned about things we can’t control until we see that everything is going to be just fine. I bet you could list at least three things right now about which you are worried. However, as Christians, are we supposed to worry?
I saw this simple yet profound quote recently: “Worry is believing God won’t get it right.” – Todd Wagner
Isn’t that exactly what we’re doing when we worry? We are telling God that we aren’t so sure that He can handle whatever is going on. We are conveying to the God who created everything by merely speaking that maybe we can do it better than He can.
Wow. When you put it that way…
Jesus mentioned several times in His teachings that we should not worry – actually, He commanded us to NOT worry.
He makes it sound so simple and rational to not worry:
“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” (Luke 12:25-26)
He’s right, of course, but how do we get to that point?
In Matthew 6, Jesus starts a conversation about not worrying by talking about where our hearts should be focused: Heaven. God. Things of eternal importance. He tells us that we should not be focused on collecting money and treasures here on earth, but on serving God and allowing His light to fill you. Essentially, when we are focused on God and His faithfulness and character, and on serving Him here on earth, it becomes easier to not worry about our life because we know and trust that He is taking care of us.
Matthew 6:19-26, 31-34:
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
So, what are we not supposed to be worrying about exactly?
- …about what you’ll eat or drink (Matthew 6:25)
- …about having clothes to wear (Matthew 6:25)
- …about what to say when your faith is on trial (Luke 12:11-12)
- …about earthly death – only spiritual (Luke 12:4-5)
- …about ANYTHING (Philippians 4:6, John 14:27, Hebrews 13:5-6)
Focus on God’s faithfulness and trust Him to provide for your needs and to do what’s best in your life. You will be amazed when you watch Him work! It takes some time and practice, but it is possible to trust God completely and to not worry!
Combine this discipline with being content (Philippians 4:11) and being grateful no matter what your circumstances may be (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and the worrying will subside, just like Jesus said.
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