Don’t Worry, Be Happy

There are plenty of reasons to worry today. Actually, there are plenty of good reasons to worry every day.

We worry about our families. We worry about our marriages. We worry about having enough money to pay the bills. We worry about our jobs. We worry about it raining enough to grow our crops. We worry about it raining too much and flooding our homes. We worry about terrorism. We worry about the economy. We worry about having enough money for retirement. We worry about what the government will do with the power that it has. We worry about the future of the nation if the Democrat gets elected. We worry about the fate of the nation if the Republican gets elected.

None of these worries is new. So, why should we expect that God’s answer to these worries would be any different today than in the past?

To a crowd of people worrying about the future, Jesus said, “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 important than food, and the body more important than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25)

If Jesus could tell His disciples with a straight face not to worry about the things necessary to sustain life, how much less should we worry about who will be president, or what that president may do? Worry has disastrous consequences, no matter what that worry may be. When I worry, my trust in God is sidelined as that worry takes center stage. I am tempted to believe that if only I can alleviate that worry, then all will be right with the world. All will be right with mE. But peace isn’t found that way.

Peace is found in trusting God in the face of these many worries. Peace is found in putting God and His kingdom ahead of our worries. After reminding the crowd how, in the face of their many worries, God had continued to provide for them, Jesus said, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:31-33) [(NIV)]

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Jesus (Matthew 6:34) [(NIV)]

Or, as Bobby McFerrin put it, “In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double. Don’t worry, be happy.”

Why let worry steal the joy that Jesus won for you?

 

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