Eight Reasons Not to Worry

Edwin Broadus
Duluth, Minn.

'I'he following is based upon a discourse by Jesus upon this subject, found in Matthew 6:24-34.

1. We are serving the wrong master when we worry. Jesus said, "Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore, I say unto you, be not anxious for your life." Mammon is synonomous with material riches. When we are unduly concerned about material things, we are serving mammon rather than God.

2. Other things are more important. Jesus said, "Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment?" Upon another occasion, Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).

3. God cares. Jesus said, "Behold the birds of the heaven . . . your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they?" If God takes care of the birds, he will certainlv take care of us.

4. Worry does no good. Jesus said, "Which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life?" All the worry in the world can never change what is or what will be.

5. Worry shows that we have but little faith. Jesus said, to those who were anxious, "O ye of little faith." Worry shows that our faith is weak because it shows that we do not truly believe God's promises to care for us.

6. God knows our needs. Jesus said, "Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things." Because God cares, he is willing to supply our needs, and because he knows, he is able to supply exactly what we need most.

7. God has promised to provide for our needs. Jesus said, "But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." "All these things" are the material needs that we tend to worry about. We are promised that if we will seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, that these will be added unto us. If Jesus meant it when he said that he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, he also meant it when he said that the man who seeks first the kingdom of God and his righteousness will have his material needs supplied!

8. Each day has enough problems without worrying about those of tomorrow. Jesus said, "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." We will have more than enough to do in meeting the challenges of today without worrying about the problems that may or may not come up tomorrow.

Truth Magazine II:2, p. 17
March 1958