Everyone worries; but not everyone deals with worry the same way. There are no shortage of blogs with advice and techniques to deal with worry—from breathing techniques, to giving yourself a pep talk (think: good enough, smart enough, and doggonit people like me), and even creating “worry periods” during your day so that you can force yourself to only worry during certain blocks of time (Really?).
Everyone worries; some more than others. But wouldn’t it be great if we all could worry less or even not worry at all? Well, a worry-free life is exactly what Jesus wants for His people. Those who trust in Jesus alone for salvation have the ability to live a life free of worry.
But the answer is not found in some quick-fix, shallow-level adjustment. Rather, we must dig beneath the surface to get to the real issue that causes our worry. The way Jesus tells us to deal with worry has less to do with advice and technique and more to do with truth. Our fundamental problem is a believing problem. We believe lies and let those lies fester. Therefore, we need to be in the constant habit of speaking truth to ourselves. Here are three reasons Jesus tells us not to worry:
1. It’s Pointless
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (Luke 12:25)
You have to admire the practical nature of Jesus’ logic. Jesus says that worry is pointless because it doesn’t add any time to your life. Worry demands much labor but produces no crop. It doesn’t solve anything. It’s a dead-end street.
2. God is Committed to His People.
Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32)
God is so committed to his people that he will make sure we have what we need. He has our hairs and days numbered. He has us in his grip and He will let nothing snatch us out of His hand. If God is so intimately involved in our lives that He knows what we need before we ask Him, we have no reason to worry or be anxious. As Paul asked, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31).
3. God Loves His People.
Consider the ravens…Of how much more value are you than the birds (Luke 12:24)
Consider the lilies…how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith (Luke 12:27-28)
Jesus makes the argument from the lesser to the greater: If God cares for birds and flowers, how much more will he provide for those who bear his image and name? If God is infinite and omni-potent, and he’s on our side, then we have no reason to worry. Paralyzing fears caused by financial downturns and personal failures can never thwart God’s good purposes for his people.
The next time you begin to worry, speak these truths to yourself. Remember that if you are in Christ, he has set you free from the tyranny of worry so that you can leverage your life for the sake of His glory.