Worry, worry, worry
I have returned to this topic because we live in a world of worry. How many have something they are worried about? Something that you might be thinking about this very second that is causing you to worry? Maybe there is something that has been a source of worry for you over the last few days or weeks. We all have had things that have brought about the pangs of worry.
Here are few thoughts about worry:
Worry is always dealt with in scripture in terms of a command! In Matt. 6.25 Jesus states, “... I say to you, take no thought for your life ...” In some Bibles you might read, “do not be anxious for your life ...” In common language, “Don’t worry. Stop giving way to anxious care!” Worry is always referred to in terms of a command, and disobedience to a command in Scripture is SIN! (See Ps. 46.10; Jn. 14.1; Phil. 4.6)
Definition of worry: In light of Matthew 6.25, John 14.1 and Phil. 4.6, “worry is the anxious care that comes from assuming a responsibility which we are incapable of discharging.” Basically we remove God from the equation of our lives and we assume the role that only He can fulfill! In His command Christ was not talking about taking care of the things that we are responsible to handle, because that is our God-given responsibility. When we make His responsibility our responsibility we find that we have assumed a crushing weight that we are incapable of discharging.
Antidote for worry: 1) Faith: We must understanding who God is... The Lord knows us personally. He knows all about us and every facet of our life! Jeremiah 29. 11 states: “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD,’ plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12’ Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.”
He has a plan for us and even though we might see things as dark, He see them as light. We also must remember that He is the all-powerful; all knowing; all mighty God! (Remember the words of Ephesians 3.20: “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think , according to the power that works within us …”)
We must also believe God’s Word and what it says! Is God a liar? No! So if He tells us to cast all our anxiety upon Him, because He cares for us (see below), and that He has promised never to leave or forsake us, are you or I going to be the first one God is not going to be able care for? Are you or I going to be the first one God forgets? He has promised that He will give peace to those who trust in Him (Isa. 26.3). He will not fail us.
2) Casting our worries on Him. I Peter 5.7: “Casting all your care (worries) upon Him; for He careth for you.” If God is exercising watchful care over us it is pointless for us at the same time to be given over to anxious care. Peter says, “Casting all your care upon Him ...” Note the word “casting.” It means to turn over to somebody else. Take your hands off it and let somebody else bear it for you. (Casting does not equal picking up and throwing. Casting has the idea of letting something roll off your back.)
3) Prayer Phil. 4.6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” We need to be people of fervent prayer. Why do we wait till times get tough to be prayer warriors?
Isaiah 43:2-3 helps me when I am tempted to worry. It says “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. 3 “For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;…”
Since this is true, why worry?