Don't Worry, Be Happy

November 15, 2021

“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

The song made musician Bobby McFerrin a household name, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” One lyric in the song says, “In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double.” Indeed most of us worry, daily, about something. Money, work, decisions, deadlines, relationships, problems that might or might not come to pass. A little anxiety is really a part of everyday life.

But worry can and does become a disorder when we allow it to continue over time. Constant worry affects our relationships and responsibilities. It can become excessive, irrational fears and dread that keeps us from functioning at all. Physical ailments and emotional instability can be traced to a lifestyle filled with worry. The songwriter suggests the simplest solution for worry—just give it up. “Don’t worry, be happy.” Psychologists suggest solutions for worry like self-soothing, distracting tactics, exercise, or taking up a hobby. But a real end to worry is a spiritual one.

Jesus clearly tells us in Matthew 6:25-34, not to worry. His solution? Put our trust in God. Pray and ask Him to take care of our most important needs. Cast our cares and worries on Him and depend on Him. In spiritual terms, worry is the opposite of trust. To worry is to distrust that God knows your future and has your best interest at heart. He does! His greatest act of love toward us is shown in the death and resurrection of His Son. God not only loves us, He cares what happens to us. 1 Peter says, “Cast all your anxiety of Him, because He cares for you.”

God, today I trust you with the things that I am worrying about. I know that You care for me and care what happens to me, and You always want the very best for me. I believe today that Your care for me is real and that You will take care of those things I am worrying about. Let today be an opportunity to know You more as I trust You with my worries. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Topics: Worry

Bible Reference

casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious 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?
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’or ‘What shall we drink?’or ‘What shall we wear?’
For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.