All of us are susceptible to worry. When we worry, fear consumes us which means, we are focused on our fear instead of our faith. In Matthew 6, Jesus not only commands us, “do not worry,” He gives three powerful reasons.
First, God has a proven track record of taking care of our needs. Jesus makes it clear that we must not worry about food or clothing (Matthew 6:25-30), and the implication is that we do not need to fear not having the necessities of life. God is able, willing, and has proven that He will take care of our needs.
Second, worry accomplishes nothing. Worry is not productive in any way; it takes our time, our focus, and our energy but gives nothing in return. Jesus says, “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:27).
Third, we should focus on more important things. As Christians, we have a better understanding of God’s power, presence, and promises. Jesus tells us that instead of worrying, we should spend our time and energy focusing on “His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).
Worry can consume any one of us, and we have all had moments when fear has replaced our faith. Thankfully, as Christians, we are commanded to trust in God and allow Him to care for our needs.