Why Worry?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.” – Philippians 4:6-7 

Julius Caesar was correct when he said that “as a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than what they can see.” I researched the things most people worry about and the list was pretty predictable: weight & appearance, family, money, job stability, car troubles, death or disease, and health. 

The crazy thing about worry is that experts say 40% of the things you worry about never happen and 30% of the things you worry about you cannot change. Then another 12% of the things you worry about are needless health concerns.  

So basically, half of the things we worry about never happen and the other half is going to happen anyway. So the question is, WHY WORRY? 

When we worry, we choose to forfeit peace in our lives. I can pinpoint many times in my life when I’ve been overcome by worry, and I cannot tell you a single time that I worried and had peace in my life.  

The Apostle Paul talks about this in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.”  

He is saying exactly what you and I need to hear, “do not be anxious about anything.” In other words, do not worry about anything. We all know that is easier said than done. But as we said before, so much of what we worry about never happens or cannot be changed. It really does become a waste of time. When you think about it this way, why worry?  

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bible verse

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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