How to have a worry-free life

Stop Worrying and Start Trusting God

It was God's idea. From the beginning, He compartmentalized time into 24-hour days, made the sun and moon to separate day from night, and said, “Let them be for signs, and seasons, and for days and years.” (Genesis 1:5 and 14)

Its a good thing, too. God knew in His infinite wisdom that 24 hours a day was a managable number for a human. Sometimes days seem so long, and sometimes too short, but each day is still 24 hours, no more and no less, and there are no scheduled changes on the horizon. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)

In the famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught against worrying. Some versions say to not be anxious. Currently, the commonly used word is stress. In this world, stress seems to be a normal part of everyone's daily life. More and more people are taking mood management drugs, or using other kinds of intoxicants to numb themselves from the escalating tension of unresolved problems or the avoidance of oncoming problems.

The words of Jesus Christ still reverberate with truth. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34 NIV) He was teaching people who had ears to hear to learn to live one day at a time. The context of Jesus' profound recommendation begins in Matthew 6:35, and concludes in the final verses of this life-changing lesson. “Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:31-34 NKJV)

In his book written in 1948 entitled How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie wrote about living in “day-tight compartments,” something he learned from the famous Canadian physician, Sir William Osler, who was described as the Father of Modern Medicine.

Sir Osler was a physician, teacher, historian, author and collector of books, a public speaker, and more. He had an illustrious career including being the professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the first chief of staff at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1889, and one of the first professors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine which he co-founded in 1893.)

In 1905, Osler he was appointed the prestigious position of Regius Professor of Medicine at the distinguished University of Oxford in England. Osler's resume is unending, and one might understandably wonder how one man could do so much. Because he lived in “day-tight compartments.” It was not his original idea. He got it from Jesus. Get up and live each moment in the immediate present now, and don't waste any time or strength worrying about the future. It will come, and when it does, it will necessitate one's full attention.

God is with and for His people at all times. Absolutely nothing is able to separate them from His love. He knows the needs of His people. And He instructs His cherished people not to worry about their essential needs, and not to act like those who do not know Him.)

God asks His people to seek Him first, to look to Him, to believe in Him, to trust in Him. There is no benefit or advantage in fretting about tomorrow today, because today requires every ounce of mental alacrity and physical energy, and tomorrow will demand just as much. Jesus maximized his short time on earth, and each day was a masterpiece of excellence. By applying Jesus' words, believers today can learn to trust God in hard times, one day at a time.

Written by: Pete Miller