Most people have anxieties and fears. We are, by nature, worriers. But the Bible tells us that worry is not a minor issue. It is a debilitating sin that robs a Christian of true joy and peace. And worst of all, worry will hurt your relationship with God.
Jesus addresses this topic in His famous Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7). We find the word "worry" six times in Matthew 6:25-34. In this passage Jesus gives four reasons why worry is wrong.
First, worry is disobedience of Christ's command. Three time Jesus commands, "Do not worry" (vv. 25, 31, 34). Worry is direct disobedience to our Savior's instruction.
Second, worry is distrust of the Father's provision. Jesus tells us that God feeds the birds and clothes the flowers. "Are you not of more value then they?" (v. 26) If God takes care of the insignificant birds and the short-lived flowers of the field, why do you doubt His care? Jesus says, "O you of little faith" (v. 30).
Third, worry is wrong because it is a denial of man's dependence. You must acknowledge that you can't add another inch to your height or another hour to your life (v. 27). And you certainly cannot control what happens in the future (v. 34). We must trust God now and in the days ahead. We are not masters of our own destiny. We are completely dependent on our Sovereign Creator, and that should bring us peace.
Fourth, worry is a distraction from God's kingdom. Jesus says, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you" (v. 33). God has a mission for His people. There is work that must get done. We cannot afford to waste time and energy by worrying about the future. Worry will hinder our service to God.
So if worry has been influencing your life, confess that sin to God. Paul tells us what a Christian should do with his anxious thoughts in Philippians 4:6. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." And when you focus on God in prayer, you will find that His peace surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:7).
Pastor Kevin Williams and the staff of Tri-City Baptist Church write or re-post articles based on God's Word the Bible. These articles are meant to be applied to daily life and Christian living by God's grace.