In Mathew 6:25-34 Jesus tells us not to worry. See if you can pick out from the following passage the three reasons why Jesus says not to worry.
25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.NIV
Here is what I found to be the …
Three Reasons Not To Worry
1. Life consists of more than material things. Life, life that is real and vibrant and enjoyable is life in a relationship with God. This life does not depend on material things, but on His life. He gives real life to us through His Spirit. Yes, we need food to keep us alive physically and we need clothing and shelter to keep us alive, but the quality of our life and the joy and vibrancy of our life is in God. Without Him our life would be a living death—we would be alive physically only to survive until we finally die.
2. Worrying won’t ever benefit us. Think about it. Has worrying ever helped you at all? Has it aided you, or helped you to think and plan what you should do? Has worry ever given you comfort or strength for your tasks? Has it given you wisdom? No, just the opposite. Worry has given you sorrow and depression and misery. Worry has given you a head ache, dizziness and weakness—so that you are less able to think clearly and rationally. Because of worry we become less hopeful, less confident, and thus more apt to make mistakes and errors in judgment. Worry takes away strength and comfort and joy and wisdom. The only reason we can think of to worry is to sooth out conscience—that tells us that unless we worry we don’t care. But that of course is a lie. Worry does us absolutely no good.
3. God loves us and will take care of us. If we live for Him and make His kingdom our primary concern, He will see to it that we are taken care of along the way. But if you are still concerned about having enough to get along in this life, be reminded that this life is but a speck (less that that) compared to our heavenly life. And what we put away now for heaven, what we invest now for eternity—whether it be works, gifts, talent, or money—will be safe from thieves and will not rust away, but will benefit us greatly for all eternity. Let us not worry in 2013, but let us be diligent and joyful in our work as we do all things for His glory.