Money. It’s one of life’s many stressors. Thoughts about finance can zap all our energy if we’re not careful. Yes, bills might be stacked up. Yes, the collectors might be calling. Yes, the mortgage still has to be paid. But why worry? Many dictionaries define “worry” as allowing one’s mind to dwell on difficulties or troubles. That’s the type of worry we’re talking about here.
Jesus made it clear. We’re not to worry. It’s a command! Read his words below:
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. Matthew 6:31-33
I don’t know about you, but I think that’s simply powerful. Don’t try to read between the lines here. Look at what Jesus is saying! If you seek first the Father’s kingdom, then food, drink, and clothing will be yours. In other words, your needs will be provided.
Some might argue that the needs of this world (even Christians) are produced by hard work and the spending of money. It does seem to be a mystery. Could it be that God can use multiple means, explained and unexplained, to grant those who seek his kingdom that they need? I believe that to be true.
Why Not Worry?
God has reasons for telling us to do or not do things. So why not worry? Doesn’t everyone worry about these common needs? What harm comes in a little worry?
Much. There is so much pain and suffering that occurs over a lifetime filled with worry. Consider some of the effects of stress according to Wikipedia:
- Poor judgment.
- General negative outlook.
- Inability to relax.
- Feelings of loneliness.
- Isolation or depression.
- Aches and pains.
- Diarrhea or constipation.
- Chest pain.
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Excessive eating or not eating enough.
- Sleeping too much or too little.
- Social withdrawal.
- Procrastination or neglect of responsibilities.
- Increased alcohol, nicotine, or drug consumption.
- Nervous habits such as pacing about, nail-biting, and neck pains.
That list is looong! No wonder God doesn’t want us to worry; it’s severely unhealthy! Who wants to go through their life with conditions such as these? Nobody!
How To Undo Worry
Looking for that backspace on worry? Wanting to undo the effects that stress has already caused? The only answer is God. Remember, the Lord calls us to seek first his kingdom (his practices, his wisdom, his thoughts). That’s how you can begin to undo the negative effects of stress. Whether you’re dealing with financial hardship, strained relationships, or trouble in the workplace, God is there to help.
There was a time in my life where worry turned into full-fledged panic attacks. It was so bad, that even worrying about a panic attack would turn into one. Worry is a downward spiral that can be difficult to escape. After much prayer, my panic attacks and worry seemed to melt away. I knew I needed to trust God that he would meet my needs. Besides, he knew me inside and out!
My conviction is that the Lord knows you too. He knows exactly what you’re struggling with. He knows your situation better than you do. The only question is: are you willing to give it up to the Lord? Are you willing to seek the kingdom of God and allow him to work through you and in you to accomplish the good plans he has for you? He has a plan. Let him show you the way.
For more check out these encouraging bible verses.
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