What is the most important thing in life? Is it money? Food? Shelter? Family? Friends? All of these things are important, but they are not the most important. They are not worth worrying about, because worry doesn’t help us obtain any of these things that we need. Jesus said:
“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? . . . Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? . . . But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:25, 27, 33.
This passage doesn’t mean if we believe in God then we will be rich and have every material thing we could ever dream of. It does mean that if our priority is knowing God then He will ensure that we have what we need to survive. Not only in this life, but for eternity.
And yet as humans we worry, even though it doesn’t do any good. It doesn’t “add a single hour” to our life. Whenever I feel a little worry come upon me, I remember my favorite memory verse from the Apostle Paul:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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.
It is that peace that takes away worry. It is a peace that we can’t understand with logic and reasoning, but we feel in our hearts.
Are you worried about something today? Set your cares at the throne of grace and walk away with the peace of Jesus Christ. Even if you aren’t quite sure the worry is gone, thank God for His answer to your prayer. Then do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, until there is no more worry and only peace abounds in your heart.