Bible Study Lesson from
these uncertain economic times and, with the state
of the world in chaos, it would be ludicrous to
say, "Don't worry."
In reality, we are worried
and stressed about jobs, other nations, the
direction our country is taking and other matters
over which we have little control.
What did Jesus say about
worry? I hope studying these verses will help
simplify your life a little.
Talks about Worrying
For this reason I say
to you, do not be worried about your life, as to
what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for
your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life
more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air,
that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into
barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not worth much more
And who of you by being
worried can add a single hour to his life? -
Are You Worried about
Why We Worry
Here are just a few of the
things we are concerned about on a nearly daily
- What about my bills and
credit card debt?
- What about my health?
- What about my
relationship with wife/husband?
- What about my job?
- What about my standing in
All these things are
important and have to be dealt with but Jesus says
not to spend all our time worrying about them. If
we focus on what has not yet happened, we might
miss the joy we could have today.
I looked up the word worry in
the online dictionary at www.dictionary.com
and found some interesting (and amusing)
definitions for the word. Here is what I discovered
for the word "worry"...
- to torment oneself
with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.
- to move with effort:
an old car worrying uphill. verb (used
with object) 3. to torment with cares,
anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague.
- to seize, esp. by the
throat, with the teeth and shake or mangle, as
one animal does another.
- to harass by repeated
biting, snapping, etc. noun 6. a worried
condition or feeling; uneasiness or anxiety.
- a cause of uneasiness
or anxiety; trouble.
- act of worrying.
- Fox Hunting. the
action of the hounds in tearing to pieces the
carcass of a fox.
Planning for tomorrow is time
well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time
You know, even though most of
these definitions for worry are about different
subjects, many of them could apply to our own lives
when worry takes hold.
We do sometimes feel as if we
are "moving with effort" as an old car or
even get the feeling we are being torn apart
because of our anxiety.
I know I've felt that way
from time to time. Sometimes
it's difficult to tell the difference.
What good comes from
tells us that worry
will steal away our happiness and keep us from
pursuing more important goals; especially the goal
of establishing our relationship with God.
He says a person can worry
for years and still not "add a single hour to
I don't remember who, but
someone once told me that worrying about a task is
almost always worst than doing it. This has stuck
with me through the years and I try to draw from it
in times of difficulty.
"Pray - Let God
Worry." - Martin Luthor
What about planning?
As a person who has been in
business for over 30 years, I am a huge believer in
I also believe that planning
for the future helps to relieve some of the
pressures and stress that comes with uncertainty in
life and thus eliminates some of our
So, planning is not a bad
thing. Casual planning is thinking ahead about
goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God's
guidance. When done in
the right way, planning can help alleviate worry.
That ugly word -
Worriers, by contrast, are
consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust
God. They let their plans interfere with their
relationship with God.
"But seek first His
kingdom and His righteousness, and all these
things will be added to you." -
Don't let worries about
tomorrow affect your
relationship with God
today. Plan for the
future but live life richly for God today.
God is real -- worry is
something that might or might not
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn
more about how to receive the love and
life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please
take a moment to go
here to read John 3:16.
More from Matthew:
What Did Jesus Say about
Money? - Here is an article with Bible verses about
money and financial worries and I hope it furthers
your search for economic answers. Read
Those Who Don't Like Us
Jesus Says about Giving
Us How to Pray
Read Today's Verses
American Standard Bible
King James Version
Verses to learn about what Jesus says when
coping with worry are from New American Standard
Bible & New King James Version
- Lessons from Life Application Study Bible:
NIV - Passage above credited to Lockman