Good day my beloved. How has your weekend been? Mine has been wonderful. Today’s nugget is on worry. It is almost impossible not to worry with all the worrisome issues we have to deal with daily. A lot of things bring worry; it could be family issues, health issues, financial issues, relationship issues, environmental issues, and the list is endless. Fact remains that worry doesn’t make things better, it just eats one up. When my mum passed on last year, dad worried a lot, I worried a lot too, but then worrying does no good and God has never left our side, indeed he has the best plans for us, I call him ‘the extraordinary strategist’.
Today I would share what the Bible says about worry, next Sunday I would share some beautiful quotes about worry. The Bible is an amazing book, it is really the manual for life.
Our Lord Jesus addressed worry in Matthew chapter 6 verses 25-34. You should read it up on your own but I would be sharing from the Message translation.
25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes”.
Saint Paul also addressed the issue in his letter to the Philippian church, this is found in Philippians chapter 4, verses 6-7. I would also share this from the Message translation, you could read it up in other translations.
Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Apostle Peter gave a tidbit on worry in the first book of Peter chapter 5, verse 7. This is a short verse, so I would share it in the NIV and MSG translations.
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”.
1 Peter 5:7 (MSG)
“Live carefree before God, he is most careful with you”.
With these few points of mine, I hope we worry less and pray more in future, I’m talking to myself too because at times I tend to worry a lot… lol. But really, worrying is never productive, and never worth it, try to remember those things you worried about a year ago and you’d see. Like I already mentioned in the second paragraph, next Sunday I would share some nice quotes on worry. See you soon, have a great week!