“Don’t worry.” When you’re worried, it’s about the single most frustrating thing someone can say, isn’t it? With two words, they’ve just demanded the impossible.
Maybe it’s frustrating because it implies your problems are petty, or they know what you don’t know, or maybe they just don’t understand what it is you are experiencing.
And yet that’s exactly what Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew: don’t worry.
As He teaches in His Sermon on the Mount, “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 than food, and the body more than clothes? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27 NIV).
Only, from Him, the words are a comfort—because Jesus does know what we’re going through. Jesus reigns supreme over the whole world, and He also knows the end of the story.
He knows, one way or the other, everything’s going to be OK.
So when Jesus says, “Don’t worry,” it feels different, doesn’t it?
I tend to worry, or at least I used to obsessively worry in the past. I was afraid of so many things and feared all the possible scenarios that could go wrong.
It was exhausting! Have you been there, too?
It’s pointless, too, Jesus says. Worrying doesn’t add another hour to our life. It only causes suffering and misery. God takes care of us. Life is more than these silly flesh-oriented worries. God takes care of the birds, who don’t even have sense to think about the future. And yet we humans, who God gifted such extraordinary brains and who God created in His image (Genesis 1:27), are even more valuable than birds. So why do we worry? He will take care of everything.
If you’re having trouble letting go of your worries, try inserting your own name in the above verse and imagine Jesus is talking directly to you.
“Therefore I tell you, [your name here], do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, [your name here] and the body more than clothes?”
It might feel silly, but it’s an extraordinary way to crystallize His meaning—and help you understand His words are alive, as strong today as the day they were spoken (and written).
Don’t worry, my friends, truly. Don’t worry.