Why Worry?

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Matthew 6:25-34…

“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.”

I think one of the reasons I love this verse so much is because I’m a pretty good worrier. And I need to be reminded that worrying is not what God wants for us.

All it takes is a few minutes of watching the news to realize that there are plenty of things to worry about these days—the swine flu, financial stress, the real estate market… the list goes on an on.

But if we pause and remember to turn to God with our concerns, instead of stewing and fretting on our own, we can find such freedom.

Like it says in the verse, God knows what we need. And He knows that worrying isn’t the answer.

So, why worry?

Seek God instead, and find peace and hope and freedom. 🙂

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