“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT).
“Worry never climbed a hill, worry never paid a bill” goes the first line of an old poem I learned in college. I don’t remember the rest, but I do remember the point—worry accomplishes nothing. How many of us waste time and energy and lose sleep, turning things over in our minds, spinning our wheels only to make ourselves more anxious about our real or imagined problems? Or because we feel we have to do something, we make it worse by acting rashly.
God wants us to give our worries to him. But what does that mean? Will our problems go away? Will our suffering end? Does it mean we go into denial and live in la-la land? Though God is intimately and personally concerned about every aspect of our lives, he doesn’t wave a magic wand and make all the bad parts of life disappear. But he does love us and help us through those parts. He’s the one to lean on for strength, peace and hope. Trusting God to care for us isn’t denial, it’s the only logical way to deal with our worries.