Worry happens when we take on a responsibility that is not ours.
Jesus told us that we should not worry. Philippians 4:6-7 in the New Living Translation says “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
1 Peter 5:7 says Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Jesus wants all our cares. That is why he came. He came to walk beside us and carry our load.
We worry about our children
When our children are small and live at home, we don’t tend to worry about how to feed them, how their diaper is going to be changed, or how to carry out our basic responsibilities toward that child. We have been given the ability to do these things because it is our responsibility and God gives us the knowledge and strength to carry them out. When our children grow up and move out of the house, they start making their own decisions and choices. They are no longer under our chain of command and are no longer our responsibility. We can counsel them when they ask or help them when they need help; but, ultimately, they are now under God’s chain of command and if we start to worry, it’s because we have no control over the situation. It is not ours to control so God has not given us that ability, strength or knowledge.
We worry about finances
When we worry about finances, that is also taking on a responsibility that is not ours. The bible says in Philippians 4:19 that God will supply all our needs. So ultimately it is His responsibility, not ours. That does not mean we sit back and wait for someone, sent by God, to hand us all the money we need to life. Our responsibility is to ask God to supply our needs then listen to His plan of action. He will tell us where to work and how to earn an income. Our responsibility is simply obedience to his Word, spoken or written. Once we obey, He honors and blesses us.
We worry about the future.
So, we cannot control our grown children, we cannot control our finances (our trust is in God, not money or our present economy), and we certainly cannot control our future. It has not happened yet and we never know what is around the corner, but God knows and He works all things together for our good. Most things we worry about that concern the future will either never happen or they will be things we can handle and eventually walk out of victoriously.
So what are we to do?
Just live like a child. Again referring to Jesus’ teachings, He told us to come to Him as little children. Have you noticed how happy little children are? They know they cannot buy their own food, or dress themselves, or take care of even their most basic needs. But they trust their caregivers to care for them. All they need to do is come when called and let their caregivers hand them all that they need. That is what our Savior can do for us. He will hand us all we need as long as we live for Him and obey His leading. And no, our parents will not always hand us everything we want. They know we need to eat our veggies and protein, not only sweets. So, also, God will not hand us all we WANT. Only what we NEED. Trust in Him. Let go. Be free.