Why Worry?

As we live in such a busy society filled with lots of struggles and often uncertainty we can all say worry would seem natural. The truth is worrying about things is due to a lack of trust, lack of control, or fear of the unknown. Worry is a common emotion in today’s society. What does God say about Worry? Despite how common it is to worry there is no benefit for us spiritually. Worrying often makes matters worse.

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food or clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor garther into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature (Matthew 6:25-27)?

Doubt, unbelief, and fear create worry. Jesus tells us in this scripture that we are not to worry because if God will provide for the birds of the air He will surely provide for and take care of us. He ends the last verse by asking how can worrying benefit you or does it add to your life? Worrying is a form of fear and it creates anxiety.

Many people who worry struggle with anxiety, addictions, sleep issues, and not being able to manage stress well. It drains us spiritually and emotionally. It can cause fear of the unknown. It can cause unwanted panic attacks, disrupt mood, and hinder the ability to cope with life.

I struggle with worry due to past history of childhood and adulthood abuse. This is common among individuals who have issues with being abused. This often means coping with new stressors create worry, fear, doubt, and anxiety.

Yes, life can be overwhelming but we have to learn to get the help we need to cope with the stress in our lives. Trusting God when life has been hard and we have endured years of pain is a challenge. God sent Jesus to set the captives free. We no longer have be bound to worry, anxiety, and fear. We can trust that God knows all about our situation and He will provide for us.

We must learn to leave things that are out of our control in God’s hands. Worrying does more harm than good. It often creates dysfunctional ways of managing stress and anxiety.

God’s word says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Communicating our worries or concerns to God is important. It is not that he is unaware of them. He is the source of our hope and strength in times of uncertainty and trouble. With Him we can find peace and comfort.

Don’t worry because worrying does not change anything but prayer does.

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