22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. — Luke 12:22 NLT
Jesus is not suggesting that we not worry, He is telling us not to do it. If we continually worry about something, we are being disobedient. Not only is continually worrying a sin, satan uses it to destroy us mentally and if we persist in worrying, it will destroy us physically. We might look at this warning from Jesus in a different light, if we look up the definition of worry and find the following definition and example:
worry (of a dog or other carnivorous animal) tear at, gnaw on, or drag around with the teeth.
“I found my dog contentedly worrying a bone”
Imagine that satan is the dog and you are the bone. You see why God doesn’t want us to worry? He knows it’s that sly old dog, satan, lying to us and dragging us down. Isn’t that an exact picture of how we feel after days and days of worrying over something? We feel worn out, torn up and like we have been dragged around by the hair of the head. And guess what, Jesus was right, all of our worrying has not changed a single thing. Whatever was going to happen, happened anyway and whatever was not going to happen, didn’t happen. We can cast all of our cares on Jesus. Some of those cares He will crush with His feet because they come from His enemy, satan. Some of those cares He will hold in the palm of His hand and caress you until you feel His joy. Why? That is just what Love does.
32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.—1 Cor. 7:32-35 NIV
Paul continues to tell the Corinthians and us that the fewer concerns we have in this world, the more time we can devote to God. Again, Paul is not saying that we should never get married. He is reminding us that for a marriage to work, it takes a huge investment of time and caring. He even goes so far as to tell us how to do that in Ephesians 5. The spouses must be as devoted to each other as Jesus is to the church. But the deeper question I see here is this: If you weren’t married, would we spend any more time with the Lord? The same is true of riches and possessions, those can take us away from God. It appears the point Paul is making is that if you are not entangled in the cares of the world, you are freer to go if God says “go”. If our hearts are set on loving God, we will make time to do that regardless of our situation. God wants us to love and serve Him in every situation and He makes a way for each of us to do that. He wants us to depend on Him to take care of our concerns.
22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.–Psalm 55:22 NIV
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.–1 Peter 5:6,7 NIV