Do Not Worry

Do Not Worry


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had specific things to say about worry and anxiety. He said, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” (Matthew 6:25-27)

Why shouldn’t we worry? First of all, Jesus tells us, it’s because of the Father. Our Heavenly Father is watching out for us. Jesus points to the birds. You’ve never seen a bird sweat, have you? Birds are relatively calm. Certainly, the birds need to go out and gather their food. They do their part to get what they need. But they don’t worry about it. The point Jesus is making is that if God cares for the birds, will He not take care of you? The answer obviously is yes, He will.

Second, worry does not bring about anything productive in your life. It is a destructive emotion. It doesn’t lengthen your life and can even potentially shorten it.

The next time you are tempted to worry about something, channel all of the energy you would have put into worry and put it into prayer instead. Say, “Lord, here is my problem. I am putting it in your hands. I am going to trust you.” That is not an easy thing to do. But if you do, you will experience God’s peace in your heart and mind.

Prayer: Lord, I cast all my burdens on you because I know you care for me.

Scriptural Reading: Philippians 4:1-7