The Folly of Worry

Jesus said in Matthew 6:34…

“So do not worry about tomorrow;
for tomorrow will care for itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

John Stott writes…

A Christian’s freedom from anxiety is not due to some guaranteed freedom from trouble, but to the folly of worry…and especially to the confidence that God is our Father, that even permitted suffering is within the orbit of His care.

All worry is about tomorrow, whether about food or clothing or anything else; but all worry is experienced today. Whenever we are anxious, we are upset in the present time about some event which may happen in the future. However, these fears of ours about tomorrow, which we feel so acutely today, may not be fulfilled.

The popular advice, “Don’t worry, it may never happen,” is doubtless unsympathetic, but perfectly true. People worry that they may not pass an exam, or find a job, or get married, or retain their health, or succeed in some enterprise. But it is all fantasy. “Fears may be liars;” they often are. Most worries…never materialize.

(Taken from John Stott: The Message of the Sermon on the Mount, p. 167-169.)

Anytime someone is fearful, full of anxiety, or to them, the future looks bleak. I always send them this verse…

Isaiah 41:10
‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

*Emphasis Mine-Pictures Not Mine.

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