Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
The Bible tells us not to worry about anything. We know we should not worry. So, why do we worry? How can we not worry when we have failing health or not enough money to pay our rent? How can we keep from worrying when everything seems to be going wrong?
We know worrying is energy wasted, but we still worry. How do we stop worrying?
The number one reason for not worrying is because God commanded us not to worry. In the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:24-35, Jesus clearly taught that we should not worry about anything.
Jesus told us not to worry about our life, what we will eat or drink or what to wear. That's because life is more than food, and the body is more than the clothes that we wear. Then Jesus gives an illustration of the birds of the air that do not sow or reap or store food away in barns. On the other hand, God feeds them. If God takes care of the birds of the air, He will take care of us because we are more valuable to Him. Besides, we cannot add a single hour to our life by worrying.
Jesus also gives an illustration about the clothes we wear. He used the flowers of the field to prove that they do not work or spin clothes together. They look better than King Solomon would look when he dresses up.
Jesus says that God clothes not only the flowers but also the grass of the field. Even though the glass lives for such a short time, it serves a purpose and God clothe it while it is alive.
Jesus concludes His teaching by saying we shall not worry about what we should eat, or drink or wear. The pagans do those things, but Christians don't have to because God knows what they need. Even so, Christians must participate in their own blessings by seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, according to Matthew 6:33. When we do that, all the things we need will be given to us. Therefore, we are commanded to not worry about tomorrow.
Nothing to Worry About
Paul assures us in Philippians 4:19 that we have nothing to worry about because God will supply our every need.
If you have nothing to worry about, then why do you worry? Since God is in charge of supplying your every need, don't you think it is pointless to worry? Jesus tells us not to worry about the following things:
- what to eat
- what to drink
- what to wear
How to Stop Worrying
Worrying is the opposite of trusting God. When you worry, you are saying God is not in control. When you focus on your problems, you give energy to them. When you turn your attention to God, you will find peace instead of worry.
Instead of worrying about what you cannot do on your own, focus on what God can do. Therefore, give God first place in your life. That means turning everything over to Him.
A very good way to stop worrying is to replace worry with something else. In Philippians 4:6, Paul tells us to turn our worries into prayers. He encourages us to pray more and worry less. In Philippians 4:9, he says not to worry about anything, but to pray about everything. In other words, replace worry with prayer.
Whenever you feel a worry coming on, stop and pray about the thing that is causing you to worry.
Worry Interferes with Your Relationship with God
You should trust God to handle all of your situations. When you worry, you become consumed by fear. It certainly will interfere with your relationship with God.
You should never let your worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.
|Results of Worry|
Damages your health
Brings on fear
Consumes your thoughts
Negatively affects the way you treat others
Reduces your ability to trust God
Interferes with your relationship with God
Keeps peace away
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
Other Reasons Not to Worry
Worrying doesn't add anything to our lives. Jesus asks, "Who of you can add a single hour to his life by worrying? Worry doesn't add to our lives; however, it might take away from it, according to Luke 12:25. Worry does no one any good.
When we let God know we are worried, He soothes us. David tells God in Psalm 94:19, "When I worried about many things, your assuring words soothed my soul."
Paul contends that our troubles are light and temporary. He states, "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all" (2 Corinthians 4:17).
God's peace should control us instead of worry, according to Colossians 3:15. Let the peace of God guard your heart against worry.
We can enjoy God more and be at peace when we are not worried. Therefore, God commands us not to worry.
Like He soothed David, God wants us to give Him the opportunity to soothe us.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 24, 2018:
Ryan, I like what you said about worrying being an insult to God. I never thought of it that way before, but I will think about that from now on because you are right. Thanks for your input about worrying.
Ryan Jarvis Cornelius from Hollywood Florida on March 23, 2018:
Reading this is confirmation to what I have been studying the last month. The bible says without faith you cannot please GOD. Worry cancels out faith. When bad things I don't like happen I say GOD, I DONT UNDERSTAND IT BUT I KNOW YOURE IN CONTROL. Worrying is an insult to GOD. Nice hub.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 23, 2018:
Elaine PN, it seems like you belong to the Worry Club like so many of us. I am glad my article was a reminder that God is in control and we should let Him handle all things that concern us.
Elaine PN from Philippines on March 22, 2018:
I enjoyed reading this! I am also a worrier so I'm glad to be reminded that God is in control and we should let Him handle all situations. Thank you for sharing.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 22, 2018:
Louise, I wrote the article for myself. I am like you. I worry a lot about things I can't control even though I know I shouldn't.
Thanks for reading and posting your thoughts. Let's touch and agree that we will minimize our worrying until it disappears completely.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on March 22, 2018:
There's some really good advice here, thankyou. I'm a born worrier, so your words mean a lot. =)