Stress is our emotional and physical response to the overall pressures of life. The Bible gives us valuable insight regarding stress. There is no real peace for those who choose to live outside of God’s moral and ethical boundaries. As one wanders further and further outside of God’s protective moral principles they find their lives become filled with frustration, fear, anxiety and overall unrest. However, those who choose to obey God’s Word greatly reduce the stress in their lives. They have learned to humble themselves before God and to let Him exalt them and maximize their potential. God works things out for those who are willing to submit to His plan. Yet many today bring stress into their lives by doing things in their own way and in their own timing. Following are seven biblical reasons not to worry.
1.The very same God who created you can be trusted with every detail of your life.
“So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food, drink and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? (Matthew 6:25)
In the Bible, Jesus tells believers not to worry about those needs that God promises to supply. Constant worry can affect your health, keep you from being productive, have a negative effect on how you treat other people and cause you to be less trustful of God. Worry can immobilize you. Are you suffering from the ill effects of worry? Fret and worry indicate a lack of trust in God’s wisdom, sovereignty, or power. Delighting in the Lord and meditating on God’s Word are great remedies for anxiety.
2. Worrying about your future hampers today’s efforts.
“Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than they are.” (Matthew 6:26)
God cares for His children and desires to meet their needs. We are to live in the moment and make the very best we can out of today. Worrying about the past and/or the future only wastes quality time that could be put toward things in the present. Inner calm and tranquility are promised to all believers who have a thankful attitude based on an unwavering confidence that God is able and willing to do what is best for His children. Many people are worried and anxious about events that will never actually happen to them. Relax; focus on today. Take life one day at a time.
3. Worrying is more harmful than helpful.
“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:27)
If anything, excessive worry will shorten your life by damaging your health. Whatever you are worrying about consumes your thoughts. Worry causes anxiety, mental fatigue and can cause some to turn to alcohol and/or drug abuse. Sources of stress and worry are everywhere as our world becomes more and more impersonal. God does not intend for believers to lead a stress-filled and worrisome life. Those who realize God’s intimate care for the details of their lives are able to manage stress. God desires to bear our burdens and He assumes complete responsibility for those who are committed to Him.
4.God does not ignore those who depend on Him.
“And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. (Matthew 6: 28-30)
God desires to maximize the potential of those who are willing to submit to His plan. Christians are to trust God with life’s unavoidable pressures. We are to cast our cares on Him. The Greek word for cast means “to throw.” Christians are to give God the responsibility for things they have no control over. God gives us this privilege because He genuinely cares for us. We are important to Him. Things can get very difficult for us at times, but absolutely nothing is too hard for God. Believing and resting in this truth will protect your mind, your heart, and your spirit from being overloaded by stress and worry.
5.Worrying shows a lack of faith in and understanding of God.
“So don’t worry about having enough food, drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.” (Matthew 6:31-32)
Christians manage stress by realizing that God intimately cares for the details of their lives. God is willing to bear the burdens and assume total responsibility for those who are committed to Him. Believers are to have confidence in God’s promised help and provision. “According to the Bible, there is nothing wrong with realistically acknowledging and trying to deal with the identifiable problems of life. To ignore danger is wrong and foolish. But it is also wrong, as well as unhealthy, to be immobilized by excessive worry. Such worry must be committed to prayer to God, who can release us from paralyzing fear or anxiety, and free us to deal realistically with the needs and welfare both of others and of ourselves.” (Dr. Gary R. Collins, Christian Counseling, p. 66.)
6.Worry keeps us from real challenges God wants us to pursue.
“..and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” (Matthew 6:33)
Putting God first in your life is making the Kingdom of God your primary concern. This is done by making God’s desires, your desires, making your character align with His character and being willing to serve and obey Him in everything. If you are a worrier, ask yourself what is really important to you? Don’t let everything else in life take priority over your relationship with God.
7.Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34)
Your time is well spent in planning for the future; however, worrying about the future is a total waste of time. Those who plan carefully think ahead about their goals, the steps they are going to take toward those goals, timing etc. And, they trust in God’s guidance. Good planning alleviates worry. On the other hand, worriers are consumed by fear and therefore find it hard to trust in God. They allow their plans to get in the way of their relationship with God. Christians are never to let worries about their future affect their relationship with God in the present.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)