25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Some say it’s the human condition to worry. For some weird, diabolical reason we like to worry about things. Where will the money come from for this? How will people react to my new hair style? Will this look good on me? If I don’t shave today will people notice? Yes, some of these are silly, but we actually do worry about them. I looked up quotes about worry online and found some really good ones that I’d like to share:
“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”
– Erma Bombeck
“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”
– Dale Carnegie
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
– Leo F. Buscaglia
“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
– Winston Churchill
All of these people realized that worry is something we are better off without. Worry accomplishes absolutely nothing but to give us stress, and stress can cause all kinds of calamity in our lives. They say that about 75% of sickness and pain is a result of stress that could be avoided if we just didn’t worry so much.
The Bible also has a lot to say about worry.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I love the song “What a Friend We have in Jesus.” Over and over again the words “Take it to the Lord in prayer” are in this wonderful song. Typically, we worry over the smallest of things in our lives, things that God has completely in His control. We just don’t realize what He is doing in our lives right now, so we worry instead of going to Him and asking for wisdom. When we approach God with thanksgiving in our hearts, and bring our petitions, or our problems, to Him, the result is that peace will come into our lives. Not just any mind of peace but a peace that goes past human understanding. It’s a peace that relieves us from stress and causes us to just trust God. That’s what I want all the time!
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
A troubled heart is a heart filled with worry. Jesus tells us that we should not be this way. We should not be troubled or afraid because He is leaving His peace for us to enjoy. Why should we allow this world and it’s worries to rob us of the peace of God? It is our choice to either have that implicit trust in God or worry about every little thing. He says to have peace!
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
So often we worry about the things we don’t have instead of being blessed by the things we do have. This is part of the human tragedy, and it is covetousness. The tenth commandment says we should not covet. Why are we so quick to worry about the things we have not been blessed with yet? Why can we not be content right where we are at this moment. In Philippians 4:11 Paul says he has learned to be content in any situation. Let us all take the same attitude and worry will slide out of our lives.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Those who have been following my blog know that this verse is the one I turn to all the time. If we follow the remarkable advice in these two simple verses, we will never find occasion to worry. We will understand that God is in control and we can place our lives in His hands and trust Him. We will know that, even though we don’t understand what is going on in our lives, that He does know and can handle it. We can have a calm assurance that God will work in every situation in our lives and we acknowledge that even in the worst of times, He is there and He is working things for my good. When we have these assurances in our heart, He will direct our path and we will hear His voice telling us what to do next. Following the advice in these two verses can quickly erase all worry from our lives
We know that all things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose
The two most important words in this verse are “We know.” Do you know this beyond a shadow of a doubt today? Do you know that no matter what comes your way, God will bring good out of it? When I started saying this after my cancer diagnosis, people thought I was a bit crazy. What good can come out of cancer? But in the last 2-1/2 years since that diagnosis, God has given me over 1,500 poems. He has inspired me to write a book which is not published. He has inspired me to study and blog through the books of Philippians, Galatians, Ephesians, Psalms and James. He has helped my faith and the faith of all those around me to grown by leaps and bounds as He slowly healed me. So much good came out because I simply trusted God and listened to His voice. Me ears and my heart are open! Are you ready for the good that can come out of your tragedies?
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
If we will only understand the truths of scripture, there would be no reason to worry. He will do much more than we can possibly even think. He will part the Red Sea. He will send manna from heaven and water from a rock. He will shut the mouths of the lions and leave us unburned in the fire. He will tear down walls that block us with a shout and drive the enemy away with a sound of trumpets. He has done all these things. He certainly can take care of little old me.
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
Here is the biggest problem with worry. Worry will actually bring about the things we worry about. We can talk ourselves into those situations we worry about the most. Our thoughts are powerful things and our words are even more powerful. If we make a negative confession with our lips, we are in danger of becoming what we speak. The alternative is so much better!
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
This verse is probably second on my list of favorites. Notice there is no mention of anger, worry, doubt, fear or anything like that. It is all good things, things that will lift us up out of worry and into hope. We must learn to set our minds on a higher plane than this world. We must not live in the place of worry, but in a place where virtue and good reports fill our everyday lives. There is a study of this verse on this site. If you’d like to take the time and need to understand each of these things to think on a little better, that might be a good place to start.
If you are a worrier, I urge you to consider the verses above and meditate on them regularly. Worry must be deleted from our lives. When you get rid of something you must replace it with something else. If you don’t that thing you thought you had out away will just come back, usually worse then it was before. Replace worry with Philippians 4:8 and Proverbs 3:5-6. Us these verses as a mantra if you must for a while. Know them inside and out. Study them. Then read Psalm 23, Psalm 91 and Psalm 139. God will bring that worry right out of you if you only make a decision to let Him. Do it today!