Don’t Worry – Be Happy!

Read Luke 12

Focus on verse 29-31be-happy

Back in 1988 Bobby McFerrin recorded the hit song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” the 1st verse and chorus contained the following words;

‘s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry, you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now

Ooh-ooh-hoo-hoo-ooh hoo-hoo-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
Don’t worry
Woo-ooh-woo-ooh-woo-ooh-ooh
Be happy
Woo-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
Don’t worry, be happy

It’s a simple song with a simple message that actually has some merit. Every life does have some trouble, but worrying about it doesn’t make trouble go away. On the contrary worrying about what might happen not only doesn’t prevent it from happening, but it robs us of the peace and joy we might have experienced if we had not spent the time worrying about losing it.

In today’s reading Jesus warns us not to worry about what we don’t control.

And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. (v. 29-31)

God knows exactly what I need, and is willing and able to provide it as I trust Him to do it. If this is true, what does it benefit me to spend a single minute worrying about what God has already taken care of? All these things that the people around us are chasing after…God knows that we need them. (v. 30) I find these words tremendously encouraging as well as terrifying at the same time. Encouraging because I know that God is able to provide everything I need and more! Terrifying because I know how feeble my faith is, and I would much rather not have to trust Him for everything. As ridiculous as it might be for us to worry, to believe that our concern over what might happen tomorrow will somehow prevent that which we fear from catching up to us in the future, yet we continue to allow this fear to steal our peace of mind in the present. It is exactly this that Jesus is attempting to help us avoid. It is exactly this that He can enable us to avoid if we but choose to trust Him instead.

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About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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