Scriptures and their verses have guided a pathway to wisdom and salvation for Christians for thousands of years. The importance of biblical scriptures is in fact noted in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which declares:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right; 17, God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
In an effort to clarify and illuminate God’s message and instructions, many leaders of the Church and Christian thinkers have sought to solidify and affirm the faiths of Christian believers by expounding on venerable biblical scriptures and verses.
In September of 2009, senior pastor of Saddleback Church, in Lake Forrest California, Rick Warren, presented a devotional on Matthew 6:30, which he entitled “Why Worry?”
Matthew 6:30 presents Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, as he points to God’s love and devotion even to what mortals would consider the insignificant needs of wildflowers, as an implied measurement of how greater His attention and devotion would be for his people:
“And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” (Matthew 6:30 NLT)
Warren pointed to four reasons enumerated in the verse which counseled against worrying. The first explained that worrying is foolish.
“To worry about something you can’t change is useless. To worry about something you can change is foolish! And every time you review a worry in your mind, it just gets bigger. Worry amplifies problems out of proportion,” said Warren.
The second caution against worrying, according to the megachurch pastor, is owing to his assessment that worrying is unnatural:
“You weren’t born a worrier. It is a learned response to life. In fact, you have to practice to get good at it. Fortunately worry can be unlearned. The only species in God’s creation that worries is human beings. We don’t think God will take care of us.”
In his third remark against worrying, Warren argued that it is unhelpful:
“It doesn’t work. It can’t change the past. It can’t control the future. It only makes you miserable today. Worrying about a problem never solves the problem.”
Finally, the California pastor counseled that worrying is unnecessary:
“God has promised to take care of you if you’ll trust him with the details of your life. As a child, if you asked your father for lunch money you never worried about where it would come from. That was his problem. Let God be God in your life! God will take care of you, just have faith.”
In conclusion, Warren posed the question of how one might be able to stop worrying. He recommended trusting God “with every area of your life”:
“But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to” (Matthew 6:32 LB).