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“Don’t worry, about a thing. ‘Cause every little thing, is gonna be alright”, secular as it may be, this song is filled with Biblical wisdom in that one line. Don’t worry, everything is going to be alright. We as Christians should almost have that phrase as our anthem, for some reason the children of God find themselves crippled by worry. Yet the scriptures as us, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Matthew 6:27).
Nothing good comes from worrying, science has even shown that worry has detrimental effects on our bodies and minds. When we worry we affect our brains negatively. We do not disregard the worrisome situations that we find ourselves in, and we do not discredit the strong human emotion that comes from the fear of the unknown. The Bible tell us that we can cast all our worries on Christ (1 Peter 5:7).
Look at Moses, after he had fled Egypt and started a new life, he encountered God in a burning bush. God had big plans for Moses, plans to free His people from the slavery of Pharoah. Moses only had worries, what if I stutter? What if they don’t believe me?
God has an answer for all our worries, just look to the scriptures:
1. Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.
2. 1 Peter 5:7 ESV
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
3. Matthew 6:25-34 ESV
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. …
4. Proverbs 12:25 ESV
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
5. Matthew 6:33-34 ESV
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
6. Philippians 4:13 ESV
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
7. Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
8. 1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
9. John 14:27 ESV
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
10. Matthew 6:27 ESV
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by worry and feeling anxious about the future or where your help will come from, go to the Psalms where David says, “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121.
There was a woman who had enough food for herself and her son for one more meal. When she was picking up sticks to cook this final meal, she met with a man of God who asked her for bread. She explained her worry to the man, he first told her not to be afraid and then said “go and make me some bread and then make something for you and your son”. The food lasted until there was rain in the land. (1 Kings 7-15)
Don’t worry, trust God. He knows what he is doing and he has plans for you, plans for a future and a purpose.