If people gave me a nickel for every time they worried about something and it never came true, I’d be a millionaire. There was a man who always worried about everything. He was the kind of person who would watch the news just to find something else to worry about.

One day, a friend noticed this man extremely calm and peaceful. He asked him what happened to all his worries.

The man told his friend, “I hired someone to do the worrying for me. It’s wonderful, and now I’m at peace.”

“What do you pay the guy?”

“I have to pay him $1,000 a week to do my worrying.”

His friend was shocked. “Why, you can’t afford that!”

“I know. That’s his problem.”

The New Testament’s concept of peace is not the absence of war or internal conflict. Instead, it’s a tranquility of heart which comes from the knowledge that God is in control of everything. But instead of focusing on this truth about God, we choose to worry. You read that right—we choose to worry.

Worry imprisons us and causes us to take on pressures God never intended us to have. It makes us lose sight of reality. We don’t need to pay anyone to do our worrying for us. God has already volunteered for the job. If we bring our worries to Him in prayer, He gives us His peace in exchange (Philippians 4:6-7).

Maybe you’re burdened with debt. You’re praying desperately for the money to carry you through another difficult month. Perhaps you’re worried about whether you’ll still have a job come Christmas. Friend, I can’t guarantee your problems will disappear, but I can tell you God will take care of you. Trust Him today.

If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder