Matthew 6:27. “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
The point Jesus is making is that worrying will not change the outcome. However sometimes we trick ourselves into thinking that we are achieving something by worrying. We may think that we are showing love and concern for our loved ones by worrying about them. Choosing not to worry seems like we are letting down those closest to us.
I worry a lot and suffer from regular bouts of anxiety.
Philippians 4:6 tells us “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Giving our worries up to God does not mean we are letting others down as we are putting someone with more wisdom and grace than we could ever imagine in charge. This realization allowed me to take big steps forward in my Faith. I now worry less and enjoy life a lot more.
The Biblical view is to pray and trust in God, which is an active thing to do and not simply a way of denying that there is a problem.
1 Peter 5:7 tells us to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
In this way we neither deny nor ignore the problem but place our focus on our heavenly Father. Trusting God and prayer will make a difference since it releases faith into the situation and gives God the opportunity to move in the circumstances.
Think of three areas that cause you anxiety or worry and research how the Bible says to handle it.