For as long as I can remember, my Dad had this picture hanging in his work area. I never really thought much of it, other than it was a silly picture.
But worry can rob us of so many things. I don’t know where I heard or read this statement, but it makes a lot of sense: “when you worry, you say “I” instead of leaving it in God’s hands.” Worry can actually make us physically sick. Worry causes us to lose sleep. Worry causes us to miss out on all the good things that are taking place around us. Worry can shake our faith in God. And many of the things we worry about never actually take place! Matthew 6:27 asks, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
In the story of Noah, the Bible tells us that Noah spent his time doing as God commanded. He built the ark, collected the animals, etc. Noah did God’s work – God took care of the details. We often do just the opposite – worry more about the details than about the things we do have control over.
Now all of this is not to say that there aren’t times for genuine concern. But the difference between “worry” and “concern” is that worry often immobilizes us, while concern should cause us to take action. We should plan for tomorrow, trusting in God’s guidance. Planning can sometimes eliminate worry. But Matthew 7:34 tell us, “Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”