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Don't Worry—Worship!

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You can’t worry and worship God at the same time.

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today’” (Matthew 6:31-34 NLT). 

How do you know you’re not experiencing the love of God? 

You’re worried. 

You can’t simultaneously worry and worship God. Every time you worry, you’ve forgotten how much God loves you. Worry is really acting like an atheist. It’s pretending you’re an orphan rather than a child of God. 

Jesus said, “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today’” (Matthew 6:31-34 NLT). 

Jesus tells us there’s a truth that’s much more important than anything we’re worrying about: We have a heavenly Father who created us, loves us, wants what is best for us, and is watching over us. He is working for our good and has given us hundreds of promises of his faithfulness. 

Worry is pretending you don’t know any of that. 

My son Josh doesn’t like to fly when there’s turbulence. A few years ago, he was on a plane experiencing constant turbulence. He told me later, “I had to decide whether I would worry or worship. So instead of worrying, I put in my ear buds and put on a bunch of worship songs.” 

You’ll either worry or worship for the rest of your life. You’ll either panic or pray. You’ll either look at your problems or look at God. 

Which will you choose?

Talk It Over

What are the most common triggers for worry in your life? 

What impact has worry had on your life? How has it hindered you from fully trusting and following God? 

What can you do to remind yourself to choose worship over worry?

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This devotional © 2019 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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