What Does the Bible Say About Worry?

Worry is an emotion that nearly everyone has experienced at some point in their lives. We stress ourselves needlessly with endless questions. How will we pay the bills this month? Is our child safe? Should we buy this house? The list goes on and on, and we allow ourselves to be eaten up with worry. To what end? And how do we stop worrying? As always, the best course of action is to see what does the Bible say about worry.

When we worry, we are proclaiming that we do not trust God to provide for us; that our faith is weak, and we do not trust Him. How many times must we be taught about God’s provision for us before we believe it? Regardless of our worry, God still loves us; God still provides for us, God still blesses us.

Worry about Nothing

The Bible teaches us not to worry. Philippians 4:6 instructs us to “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.” Instead of worrying, we should be praying and trusting God to take care of our needs and concerns.

Paul is merely echoing what Jesus tells us about worry during his ministry. We do not need to worry about physical needs like clothing or food because our heavenly Father will take care of them. In Matthew 6:25-34 he says that since God knows what we need, He will provide for us. And if we are aware He is going to provide for us, there’s no reason to worry.

Overcoming Worry

Of course, not worrying is easier said than done. How then, can we overcome worry? 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to “Cast all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” God does not desire for us to hold on to our worries and burdens. He wants to carry them for us. All we have to do is be willing to let go of them, and give them to Him.

God wants our burdens. He wants them because he cares about us. In fact, He cares about everything that happens to us. He wants what is best for us, just like we want what is best for our children. The God of the universe wants to handle our problems for us. No problem is too big for him, and no concern is too small for his attention. He wants to take our worries and replace them with peace.

Remember His Promises

The Bible promises that God will take care of our needs. Philippians 4:19 says that “my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Solomon, the wisest man ever to exist, reminds us in Proverbs 12:25 “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.” The Psalmist tells us in chapter fifty-five verse twenty-two to “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he thee sustain thee.”

Jesus says, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Ye believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1). If we’re holding something heavy, who among us would not be willing to let someone take it from us. That’s all God wants us to do. Let him hold it. He even tells us so. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

What does the Bible say about worry?

All we have to do is be willing to let go.

 

Kim Schmutzler

About the Author

Kim Schmutzler

Kim and her husband, Craig, live in Overland Park KS where she successfully manages a marketing company and homeschools her two children still at home. Twenty-two years of juggling business and homeschooling has taught her a thing or two about time management. In addition to work and family, Kim helps her husband with the College and Career class at the church and also directs the Children's Music Ministry and drama team. The Submissive Spirit was born from her desire to reach out to other Christian women across the globe and share encouragement and the love of Christ.

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