Billy Graham’s My Answer: Worry

By   •   July 24, 2014


I know the Bible says we shouldn’t worry, but isn’t that a bit unrealistic? I could name a dozen things I worry about every day, and they aren’t going to go away just because I hope they will, or because I pray they will.


You’re right, up to a point; we’re all prone to worry, and simply telling ourselves that we shouldn’t worry about a problem we’re facing won’t make it go away. It may even make things worse by keeping us from doing something about it.

But the Bible gives us a specific cure for worry — and that is to trust God and turn our worries and anxieties over to Him. Think of it this way. Imagine for a moment that a worry is a heavy burden you’re carrying on your back (like a backpack filled with rocks). Wishing it will go away won’t solve the problem, nor will simply hoping the burden will grow lighter. But suppose you meet someone who’s obviously stronger than you, and he offers to take the burden off your back and carry it for you. What would you do? It would be foolish for you to keep carrying it; instead, you’d gladly hand it over to him.

And that’s what God wants us to do with our burdens — hand them over to Him in faith and trust. He knows all about us; He knows our problems, and He knows all about the things that concern us. Furthermore, He loves us, and He wants to help us. The Bible says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

When worries come — and they will — learn to hand them over to Jesus Christ. He can be trusted to guide you, and He will give you His peace.

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  1. Fr. Andrew Jacobs says:

    The answer to worry as given here is exactly right. When you pray, you are asking God for His strength to help you in your struggle. When you pray the Father in the Name of Jesus Christ, His beloved Son, your prayer will be answered; in His love for mankind, He will strengthen you, and will shed His grace upon the situation. Do what you can do, but let Him carry the heaviest burden for you–your recognition of your own vulnerability. Remember, He has overcome the world.

    1. Susan says:

      This is a memory on my Facebook page. Two years ago..I wish I would have read your comment. I hold a very special piece of my heart for Billy Graham. I love your comment. I think so many times people don’t truly understand what is meant by giving our worries, anxieties, whatever it is that is weighing us down to God. Thank you.

  2. elsa rosas says:

    Really helpfull.

  3. martha says:

    We must learn to cast our burdens to God,He is a strong and awesome God.He cares for us,Let’s have faith in his power and it will work out in the end.

  4. Chaplain Jim Jones says:

    Remembering “The Blessed Hope” helps me when I find myself worrying about something. Jesus made it possible for every person in the world to go to Heaven someday. And we know that He will be the World Leader of His Kingdom. There won’t be any more unfairness, fear, lacking of anything, sickness or death. And knowing the Rapture of the Church is just around the corner helps too. Come Lord Jesus! Chaplain Jim