Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I’ll be talking about worry in this Bible study – the problems it causes, and how to deal with it. I’ll start off with the main Scripture I’ll be looking at.
It’s in Matthew 6:25-34; one I quite frequently read, since I know it’s one of my weaknesses. “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? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour 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—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.”
It’s quite a large passage, but it felt relevant to write down the whole thing. Anyway, there, in Matthew 6, Jesus talks about the three basic things we need, and in this society as Christians we seem a lot better at worrying than trusting. Food, clothing, and fluids shouldn’t be our number one priority; it should be pleasing God (and if we live to please God, He will provide what we need). In Proverbs 12:25 it says this, “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” The apostles sold everything they owned to preach the Gospel to people, that is a good example of not worrying about having what we need, since God gave them all they needed because they obeyed His calling.
Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” That Scripture is quite clear; do not be anxious, do not worry. Instead ask God for what you need. On top of that, anxiety leads to fear, fear leads to stress, and stress can be very dangerous, mentally and emotionally! In fact, worrying, fearing, and stressing about what you need can take away the things you need. For example, you could have bad sleep when you worry (you do need sleep!).
Besides, worrying about something will not help you remember like a shopping list does, since you will be worrying about so many things you will forget some (re-read that if you need to). Therefore, it is always a win-win for everyone when you do not worry; God is pleased with you and you have peace. And everyone around you will probably be happier; that is because people always have a lighter atmosphere around them when they are in a good place with God.
Finally, if we get closer to God, submitting to Him more fully, we can resist worry from the devil with more confidence that the LORD will provide all we need!