Your car is driving funny, but you need it to get to work. You’ve put in 12 years at the same firm, but due to corporate budget, there are layoffs and your department may be next. You have a big presentation tomorrow, and you feel nothing but nervousness. Your relationship has hit a snag, and you feel more distant from your partner than ever. Your child is getting into trouble at school.
You worry, worry, WORRY!
But did you know that the Bible mentions “worry” over 100 times? Time and time again, Christ implores us to cast our burdens onto him, instead of taking the worry and stress onto ourselves.
Worry is a natural response to trouble, and most times, as humans, we cannot stop ourselves from giving in to it. But if we look through The Word of God, we can clearly see what it has to say about worry, and why we need to stop doing it.
One of my favorite Bible verses that addresses worry is Luke 12:22-34:
“And [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?”
In the above text, Jesus talks with his disciples, and questions them about their worry. He reminds them that if God will take care of the birds who do not worry, how much more will he take care of us, who are so dear to Him and for whom He sent His son to die? If we understand and believe this lesson, then it should be clear that worry has no place in the hearts and minds of God’s believers. When we worry, we are telling God that we have to take care of our problems ourselves because we do not have faith in His capabilities. In this way, we doubt his Omniscience, Omnipresence, and Omnipotence when we take on the worry ourselves. Now why would we do that!
Realistically, worry only ADDS to our stress and anxiety! Time spent worrying could be spent in prayer and in action. Jesus reminded his disciples that worrying about their future would not add a single hour to it. Unless you have supernatural powers to manipulate situations with your mind, you will have to ask God for direction, and put in the work in order to even begin to change your situation.
Remember this: Worry does nothing to solve tomorrow’s problems. All it does is take away today’s peace.
Try this: the next time that you want to go directly to worry, go directly in prayer instead. Try this prayer:
Dear Lord, I am facing a difficult situation. I ask that you replace my desire to worry, with a desire to put my complete faith in you. I will trust you to order my steps instead of searching within myself for an answer. I know that you are omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, and I thank you for perfect peace and clear direction. Amen.