What Worry Says


God’s encouragement not to worry is more than just an "everything-will-work-out" pat on the back. It’s a warning against an unhealthy mental habit.

Scripture gives us plenty of reason not to worry. Jesus said not to worry about your life, Paul said to be anxious for nothing, and “fear not” is repeated again and again from beginning to end. Even so, we worry. It’s our nature—or at least our fallen nature. And our minds take that nature and run with it into all sorts of “what ifs” and "if onlys" of life.

But God’s encouragement not to worry is more than just an “everything will work out” pat on the back. It’s a warning against a really unhealthy mental habit. It’s easy enough to prove that emotionally and psychologically, and surely we can see what stress does to us physically. But think about the spiritual implications too. What are we saying about God when we worry? “Lord, I don’t think you’re on my side.” “I don’t trust you to have my best interests in mind.” “I think you may have lost control . . ." The subtle accusations could go on and on. Our worry is an emotional slander against the one who promised to care for us.

It’s hard to break the habit—mental pathways run strong—but refuse anxiety. Choose to let it go, embrace hope, and let peace rule your heart. We’re promised that this is a viable option: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

If God told us not to worry, it’s because he knows we have no need to do so. He is highly protective of those who trust him. He promised.

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