God doesn’t want us to worry – image of woman sitting near water

Why does God not want us to worry?

God doesn’t want us to worry because worry demonstrates a lack of faith (trust) in God. When we worry, we’re not operating in a place of faith, but in a place of fear. God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Stop worry dead in its tracks by understanding what God’s Word says about it.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7

Does God cause anxiety? (The Beginning Of Worry)

God does not cause anxiety. Anxiety is a result of the fall, brought on by the curse we see pronounced on Adam in Genesis 3.

In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”

Genesis 3:19

As a result of their sin, Adam would no longer work the garden with joy and ease as God said everything in the garden was good. Now he would have to toil, and sweat to get the food he would eat.

This sweat signifies and introduces the idea of anxiety to the human race.

In the beginning, when God created all things, He found everything He had created good (Genesis 1:31). There was no need for worry and anxiety in the garden for everything was good. God didn’t want us to worry then and God doesn’t want us to worry now.

Why Do I Worry So Much?

The answer to why you worry so much is found between your ears. It’s in the mind where the battles of worry and anxiety are fought and won and lost. Your thinking life has a direct impact on your worry and anxiousness.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2

When your mind is not being renewed daily in the reading of God’s Word and praying, you will suffer from a mind that is riddled with anxiety and worry over the world around you. There are plenty of distractions in today’s fast-paced world to keep your mind off God.

Instead of being drawn away by distraction, we must focus on God.

Worry can be overwhelming and scary when it’s not under control. While God doesn’t want us to worry and he doesn’t give us worry, He can use it to bring us closer to Him. Romans 8:28 promises to us that God can and will use all things in our life to work together for good.

Here are a few quick tips on how you can stop worry in your life:

  1. Every time a worry enters your mind, pray and then let it go.
  2. Talk truth to yourself from Scripture instead of just listening to your thoughts.
  3. Memorize Scriptures that you love and repeat them at certain parts of the day.

If you’re still wanting to learn more about trusting God with your thoughts, I suggest reading the article I wrote about trusting God and/or how to let go and let God.

God doesn't want us to worry - image of Jesus in sunset

What Did Jesus Say About Worry? (The Problem With Worry)

Jesus didn’t want us to worry. He went as far as to command us not to worry about even the most basics of human needs (food and water). It’s only through placing our faith and trust in Jesus, and His Word, that we are able to experience freedom from worry.

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus doesn’t want us to worry and even relates it to a lack of faith in Matthew 6:30.

Is Worry A Lack Of Faith?

Worry is indeed a lack of faith and trust in God. When we are worried over a matter, we are concerned about the forthcoming outcome of a given situation. We are failing to acknowledge that God has control over the situation and we’re failing to give all our concern over to Him.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

We are commanded in the above passage to be anxious (or worried) over nothing in our lives. Instead, we need to be taking everything to God directly which results in the peace of God which surpasses all understanding.

What To Do When Your Faith Is Weak

Fall on your knees if your faith is weak. For God gives grace to the humble.

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

James 4:6

God tells us exactly how to attract His grace in our lives, and that’s through humility. We need to understand how dependent we are on Him.

The best way to cultivate this humility in our lives is to be on our knees every morning and look at the Cross of Christ and all that He has done for us. It’s only through acknowledging our lost state of being a sinner and His goodness, kindness, and sacrifice, that we can cultivate humility in our lives.

As God humbles you, you should also be reading His Word. For faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17

With a humbled heart that is dependent on God and His Word, you can ask God to stop the worry in your life with boldness.

How Do I Ask God To Stop Worrying (The Solution For The Worried Heart)

You ask God to stop the worry in your heart and life by asking Him to do so. His answer to prayer could be the fact you stumbled upon this article. After all, God uses all things together for good (Romans 8:28).

Submit to God, acknowledge His control over every situation in your life, and start trusting Him with everything. You should now know God doesn’t want you to worry. If you don’t already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, start learning about salvation. If you do know Him, but you’re still not sure how to rid yourself of anxiety and worry, read more about trusting God.

We have a nice selection of recommended non-fiction and fiction Christian reads in our resource center that can help encourage your walk with Christ. The recommended fiction reads are all written by me and were designed to show how real-to-life people can live by faith and the struggles they encounter. View the resource center here.

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