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Have we completely misunderstood what Jesus told us about worry?


In the Gospels, Jesus talked a lot about worry and I think we have completely misunderstood two pieces of advice that Jesus gave us about this problem.

First, Jesus said as God provides for the sparrows, that He will also provide for you.

26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26 ESV)

Ultimately, worry is a form of unbelief, but perhaps a different form of unbelief than you may think. By comparing us to sparrows, the Lord was hinting at a completely, different issue.

This is because worry may actually reflect how little we believe God values us. Why would Jesus as the question: “Are you not of more value than they?” unless, it was the actual root of the problem.

You worry because you don’t believe God values you.

You are important to God and whether you believe that or not is a different issue. To deal with worry, you don’t need more faith, rather, you need to understand your true identity in Christ.

Then Jesus gave us a second critical piece of advice about worry and I think most of us have completely misunderstood this verse as well. In Matthew 6:34, Jesus says:

34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34 NASV)

In this verse, Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow because today has enough problems of its own. This leaves the impression that we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow, because we can worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. If you get my drift.

But that is not what the Lord said, Jesus said that tomorrow will take care of tomorrow, not you.

What does this mean?

In his book, The Worry Cure, Robert Leahy, Ph.D., referred to a study where several chronic worriers were asked over a two-week period to write down everything that they were worrying about.

The researchers then went back and talked to each of them about their specific worries and here is what they found out. Incredibly 85% of the things that they were worrying about never came to fulfillment.

And of the 15% that did come to past, 79% of the worries were completely overblown or were easier to handle than they initially thought.

In other words, tomorrow took care of the problem, not the person. Over the natural course of time, the worries either naturally resolved themselves or they were exaggerated and just faded with time.

Sources:

85 Percent of What We Worry About Never Happens: Huff Post

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