Don’t Worry, Be Happy
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 31-34
I used to love listening to that old Bobby McFerrin song, Don’t Worry, Be Happy. It was a fun song and I love a good a cappella song. You can check out the song here if you want.
As fun as the song is, it lacks something. The basic premise is, don’t worry. The bad stuff will pass and everything will work out in the end. The song’s emphasis on not being too tied to our stuff is good, but it gives no good reason to not worry or to be happy.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says something similar. Don’t worry about tomorrow, what you will eat or what you will wear. However, He has a reason not to worry. Your God knows what you need, loves you, and will take care of you.
This is a far cry from the blind optimism of McFerrin’s song. This is a hope a based in the provision of a loving God who created all things and sustains them with His Word. We aren’t simply wishing everything will be fine, we trust that God is there for us. So, we don’t have to worry.
So, don’t worry, be happy. God loves you and will take care of you.
In Christ’s Service,