Updated: Aug 24, 2022
You know how the Bible is God’s word and is divinely inspired? Well I have a confession to make. There’s a verse I hate:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. -Philippians 4:6
I’m a worrier. I have heard this verse countless times from well meaning people. "See? It’s in the Bible! You should do it!" If only it were that simple.
But what I'm really doing when I reject this verse out of spite, contempt, anger, or pride, is I'm saying is God is not big enough for my worries. It's been a process, but I'm learning how to give my worries to God. I'm not saying it's been easy. I'm not saying I don't still struggle. But I will tell you that when I am able to give those worries up, when I'm able to swallow my pride and say, "Okay, God. I can't do anything about this, so I'm giving it to you," it brings a great deal of peace.
There is something sobering and humbling about admitting that I can't will circumstances beyond my control to suddenly better themselves. It's paradigm shifting to realize that me worrying about something doesn't do a thing for me or the thing I'm worrying about.
Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? -Luke 12: 24-26
I challenge you, my fellow worrier warriors, give it to God. I know, you don't want to hear that. Believe me, I know. But He made the universe. And guess what? He did it all without us being around to worry if He was hanging the stars correctly or putting too many fish in the sea. Things will fall into place. So why worry about it?