4 Reasons to Never Worry
Phil. 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything;
Is there any wiggle room in that verse? No. Is there any exception? No. Is there any exemption? No. Is there any reason where God says it’s okay to worry in this circumstance? No. Don’t worry about anything. That’s about as big a blanket statement as you can make. But what about…? No, don’t worry about anything!
Jesus thought worry was such an important topic that he spent a major section of his most famous sermon called the Sermon on the Mount talking about worry. In that Sermon on the Mount he gives us the four reasons you should never worry about anything.
1. Worry is unreasonable.
Matt. 6:25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?”
Jesus is saying that worry is irrational. It doesn’t make sense. It’s unreasonable.
Why is worry unreasonable? Worry exaggerates the problem. It never makes a problem smaller. It always makes it bigger. Not only does worry exaggerate the problem, worry doesn’t work.
2. Worry is unnatural.
Why? Because in the entire universe the only creations of God that worry are human beings.
Matt. 6:26 “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”
If anybody’s on God’s welfare program it’s birds. They don’t do anything except birdy things – tweet. Look at the birds in the air. They don’t sow or reap. But he says your heavenly Father feeds them. Notice your heavenly Father. He’s not talking about the bird’s heavenly Father. He’s saying your heavenly Father.
If God is your heavenly Father and you are his child, children get special privileges. Children of royalty are treated royally. So what are we worrying about? irds don’t worry and God’s not their father. God’s their creator but not their father. If God’s our Father, don’t worry about it.
3. Worry is unhelpful.
Matt. 6:27 “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
Worry cannot make us one inch taller, worry can’t make us one inch shorter. Worry cannot lengthen your life – it can shorten your life though.
Worry cannot change the past and worry cannot control the future. It just messes up today. Worry makes us miserable. It’s never solved a problem.
4. Worry is unnecessary
God says, “What in the world are you worried about? Don’t you think I’m going to take care of you? Don’t you think I’m going to meet your needs? I made you. I created you. I saved you. I love you. I put my Spirit in you. Don’t you think I’m going to take care of your needs?”
It’s unhelpful but it’s also unnecessary. There’s no need to worry.
1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”