Learning Not To Worry – Part 1
Philippians 4:6 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done
Worry is one habit we can actually unlearn…yes I used the word unlearn because worry is learned. When a person is born, you never have the desire to worry, I mean at a young age you could be told the worst possible scenario and simply laugh about it. However, as you get older, and your mind gets filled with a lot of experiences, you learn to worry, and for most people, it becomes somewhat of a habit.
For believers, worry should not be a lifestyle. Jesus encourages us to live above worry, but to instead put our trust in God. Worry simply attests to were you place your trust. You either trust the elements, or you trust God. You know the elements can change, but God is constant (and good). Here’s what Jesus says;
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,
yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“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
Isn’t this just awesome. You need to note though that not worrying doesn’t mean becoming careless. When you don’t worry, you reason positively, and you take positive actions to solve the problem at hand. A very good example is as we are instructed in our key scripture…pray. Being careless however means taking no action at all. Don’t make a habit of worrying, instead learn to always pray to God, he’s a more trust worthy solution.
Lord Jesus, teach me not to worry, and help me to always pray instead.
Author – Gem