What does the Bible say about worry?

Question: "What does the Bible say about worry?"

The Bible clearly teaches Christians to avoid worrying. In Philippians 4:6, we are commanded, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." In this Scripture, we learn that we should bring all of our needs and concerns to God in prayer rather than worry about them. Jesus also teaches believers to not worry. He encourages us to avoid worrying about our physical needs like clothing and food. Jesus assures us that our Heavenly Father will take care of all our needs (Please read Matthew 6:25-34). Therefore, we need not worry about anything.

Since worrying is not a necessary part of a believer's life, how does one overcome worry? Let's see what God has to say about this matter. In 1 Peter 5:7, we are instructed, "cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." God does not want us to carry around the weight of problems and burdens. In this Scripture, God is telling us to give Him all of our worries and concerns. Why does God want to take on our problems? The Bible says because He cares for you. That's right, YOU. God is concerned about everything that happens to you. No worry is too big or small for His attention. When we give God our problems, He promises to give us His peace which surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7).

If there are worries in your life today, I encourage you to give them to Jesus. Jesus says, "Come to Me, all you 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" (Matthew 11:30). Will you accept His invitation, right now? Jesus is only a prayer away.

Recommended Resource: Freedom from Fear Overcoming Worry & Anxiety by Neil Anderson.

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