Many of us worry… I’m raising my hand because I’m guilty. Most of us are.
We know we shouldn’t worry but still, we worry.
Jesus told us not to worry. He said worrying wouldn’t add a single day to our lives. We believe that but we worry any way.
Why do we worry? Worry is basically a lack of faith. When we worry, we are essentially telling God, “I don’t think you can handle this.” That’s kind of ridiculous, isn’t it? I mean, God created the heavens and the earth… God parted the red sea… God caused a six-story building at Jericho to crumble and on and on… yet, we don’t think God can handle our problem.
Proverbs 12:25 says, “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” Worry does weigh us down. Worry can cause physical problems. We can develop ulcers, or have high blood pressure or headaches because we worry.
So, how can we stop worrying? We must give our problems to the Lord and… try, try, try to leave them there.
Perhaps one of the best verses on worrying is Philippians 4:6-7 Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Someone has said that worry is, “Worry is the interest paid in advance on a debt in advance on a debt you may never owe.”