My wife just got home from the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok when our three year-old son Justin greeted her at the doorstep. He was so excited and asked, “What do you have for me, Mommy?” My wife replied, “I am sorry son, I wasn’t able to buy you anything because Mommy has only enough money for visa fee.”
He persistently asked, “You didn’t buy French fries at KFC, Mommy?” Then there was silence. “Don’t worry mommy, we will buy money!” he said. Just two simple words “don’t worry” yet meaningful. Most of us worry unnecessarily about too many things.
Statistic has shown that an average person’s anxiety is focused on:
- 40 percent the things that will never happen
- 30 percent about the past that can’t be changed
- 12 percent things about criticism by others, mostly untrue
- 10 percent about health which gets worse with stress
- 8 percent about real problems that will be faced*
Are you anxious of too many things? Are you in debt or suffering from a financial crisis and you don’t know what to do? Are you restless because one of your family members has diagnosed with cancer or other chronic illness? Are there instances in your life where you couldn’t sleep because of work related issues. Well, let me share with you these four biblical reasons not to worry.
1. Worrying Accomplishes Absolutely Nothing
Life is so short to worry. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have any time to waste these days. And worrying is a waste of very precious time. Worrying won’t help you solve a problem or bring about a solution, so why waste your time and energy on it?
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
2. Worrying is Not Good for You
Worrying is destructive to us in many ways. It becomes a mental burden that can even cause us to grow physically sick.
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
3. Worrying is the Opposite of Trusting God
The energy that we spend worrying can be put to much better use in prayer. Here’s a little formula to remember: Worry replaced by Prayer equals Trust.
And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
4. Worrying Puts Your Focus in the Wrong Direction
When we keep our eyes focused on God, we remember his love for us and we realize we truly have nothing to worry about. God has a wonderful plan for our lives, and part of that plan includes taking care of us. Even in the difficult times, when it seems like God doesn’t care, we can put our trust in the Lord and focus on his kingdom. God will take care of our every need.
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?
1 Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
God is our great Provider and Friend. I worked as church pastor many years ago. I only received 6,000 thousand pesos as a monthly stipend. However, knowing that I have a great Provider and Friend, I regularly set aside tithes and offerings right after receiving the stipend. The rest of the amount is for my tuition fees for my post graduate studies, food and other personal necessities, and giving fund for my youngest brother. I usually buy a sack of rice every month for his family.
Now, do I worry financially? No. Does God change? No. He is God who provides my need when I was in the Philippines. He is the same God who provides my need here in Thailand. In times of crises our initial response is to worry, but this worry can be replaced by prayer and trust.
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