Most of us have wasted a considerable amount of valuable time and energy worrying, down through the years. We worry about our relationships. We worry about our children. We worry about politics. We worry about what others think of us. We worry about outcomes. We worry about finances. We worry about our health and the list goes on and on. Today, I want to share three biblical reasons why I believe worrying doesn’t work.
- Worrying accomplishes absolutely nothing productive. Think about it like this, worrying cannot change what happened in the past. Worrying certainly cannot control the future. All worrying can do is make your present life miserable. The Bible says it this way in Matthew 6:27, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” In other words, worrying is a big waste of time, accomplishing absolutely nothing productive.
- Worry does much more harm than good. Proverbs 12:25 warns, “An anxious heart weighs a man down…” Worry has been known to cause fatigue and headaches. It makes us irritable, and at times, short tempered. Worry can deprive us of much needed sleep. It can also impact our work performance in a negative way. Worrying can stress us out mentally and even make us physically sick. It does much more harm than good.
- Worry causes us to focus on our problems and not the promises of God. Whenever you choose to worry, you act as if God cannot be trusted. It has been said that an entire ocean of water can never sink a ship, unless it gets inside the ship. In other words, ships don’t sink because of the water around them. They sink because of the water that gets inside of them. Don’t let the external storms in your life get you down. Remember, God is able to do anything but fail. Psalm 46:1 says it best, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” I encourage you to focus on the promises of God and not your problems.
God doesn’t want us to worry because worrying doesn’t work. It always causes much more harm than good. I truly believe that if you want to worry less, you have to be willing to pray more. Prayer is the key that unlocks the peace of God. I want to leave you with my favorite verses on this subject. Philippians 4:6-7 states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. (7)And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”