Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. | Corrie Ten Boom
Worry is one of the most common human emotions. It is defined as uneasiness or anxiety. It usually is the result of a situation that appears out of control or uncertain. Some people suggest that worry is healthy. Others, however, state that worry is debilitating.
Corrie Ten Boom obviously saw worry from the latter perspective. She saw it as an obstacle to living each day to its fullest. I agree with her. Jesus also had something to say about worrying.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. | Matthew 6:25-34
How can we stop worrying? Here are four things I learned from the passage above.
- Align your priorities with God’s priorities. Many of the things we worry about aren’t on God’s list of most important things in life.
- Remember who is in charge. God feeds the birds. You are more valuable to Him than they are. He will take care of your needs.
- Look at life from God’s perspective. God sees the future as if it already has happened. When you trust Him, you can trust His vision for your life.
- Seek God, not solutions. It’s easy to look for solutions to life’s issues and then ask God to support them. These solutions can lead to more problems than you imagine. Stay close to God. Listen for His direction. Put your life in His hands.
Worry can’t live where God is. Think about it!
What are you worrying about? Do you really believe God knows your needs and will meet them?