I have always been a worrier. When I was little it was so bad that I would give myself stomach ulcers. Now I think about what a kid could possibly have to worry about? It can be the smallest most inconsequential thing, yet I will worry about it for absolutely no reason. It feels like you’re in this never-ending battle against life.
So what does the Bible have to say about worrying?
I am immediately taken to Matthew 6:25.
25 “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 than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 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—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Verse 27 might as well be in bold, italicized, and underlined…
Worrying serves no purpose other than causing stress and anxiety. Currently in the United States roughly 18-20% of Americans suffer from anxiety, the most common mental illness. That is 40 MILLION PEOPLE! It makes me wonder how much of that is brought on by oneself and is therefor preventable.
I read that by worrying, you are not putting your faith in Jesus. You do not trust that he will help you through any situation you may face. As a Christian this was HUGE for me. Of course I trust Jesus. Of course I put my faith in him. But I was doing the exact opposite by holding on to certain aspects of my life and not giving it up completely to him. Even when a situation seems hopeless, there is always hope in Jesus. If you are worried about something, I ask that you give it up to him. Things will happen exactly the way they are meant to, and when you give up your worries, you gain peace.
Some more helpful verses:
1 Peter 5:6-8