As COVID continues to spread and our nation seems to be in continual turmoil, my sense is that folks—including believers—are increasingly burdened and worried about this ongoing pain. If that’s the case for you, maybe one of these posts will help and encourage you:
5 Biblical Reasons NOT to Worry:
Alfred E. Newman was a happy-go-lucky Mad magazine character, not intelligent enough to have a care in the world. His mantra was, “What, me worry?” Should we worry? What does the Bible say?
1. Worry cannot add time to our lives: Matthew 6:27 (NIV) asks:” Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” The answer is an emphatic NO! In fact, worrying causes stress, a leading contributor to heart disease. Worry can decrease life span but does not add to it.
2. Worry will not provide for our basic needs: Matthew 6:31 (CSB) teaches: “So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat? ’ or ‘What will we drink? ’ or ‘What will we wear? If we follow God’s plan and purpose for our lives, He will provide all for our basic needs.
3. Worry will not change tomorrow: Matthew 6:34 (CSB) warns us: “Therefore, don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. John 10:10 warns us that society will push us to worry. The world continually challenges us by testing our faith. Jesus came to give us life, an abundant life. Worry steals our joy.
4. Worry robs our peace: In John 14:27 (CSB), Jesus states: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.” “do not let your heart be troubled or fear” means don’t worry.
5. Worry replaces faith. Faith in God will provide all these things that we seek in this life and the next. Matthew 6:33 explains: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” God has given us His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our mentor. He will guide and direct us in this life. Our job is to trust and obey.
Dr. Bruce Hitchcock
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