Therefore, do not worry… Matthew 6:34
When you imagine and visualize the glorious victory God has promised you, the result is positive hope for the future that changes the way you act and the way you talk. When you imagine and visualize possible defeat and disaster because of the way things look on every side, the result is negativity, worry, despair, and dread for the future. As a result, the way you act and the way you talk is filtered through fear and dread. When these negative imaginations become fully developed, hope is pushed away and replaced with the by‑product of fear called worry.
One of the most prominent killers of hope is worry. Worry takes many different forms. Most people who are depressed have lost hope because they have listened to and believed the lies of the enemy. Depression could be called anti‑hope.
Worry is negative, and it will make you think things are going bad whether they are or not. Worry will create stress and affect you physically. Worry paralyzes. It keeps you from doing what you need to do because you are too worried to do anything. Worry is not of God. It will steal your hopes and dreams and keep you from moving forward. When you worry, it reveals that you are not in faith, but actually in fear.
In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus preached His famous Sermon on the Mount. This sermon has a tremendous amount of teaching in it, but there is one thing that is often overlooked: Jesus commanded us, over and over again, not to worry.
For instance, Jesus said in verse 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?” Jesus continued saying, “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry…? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink? or ‘What shall we wear?’” (Matthew 6:27,28,31).
Then we come to the well‑known verse, Matthew 6:33, where Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Usually when we read this verse we stop there, but we shouldn’t. In the original Greek language, there is no punctuation. The periods, commas, and other punctuation marks were added by the translators. With that in mind, let’s not quit reading with verse 33. Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you, therefore do not worry” (vv. 33‑34).
Throughout Matthew 6, Jesus said over and over again, “Do not worry.” Was He trying to make a point? Definitely!
Dwelling on, focusing on, and worrying about the problem, whether real or perceived, whether seen or not seen, only intensifies and enables the spirit of fear to bring the problem to pass. We must eliminate the worry that is caused by looking at a possible future problem. We do this by looking at the promise of future deliverance and letting hope have its perfect work in bringing peace to our hearts.