I’m just thinking out loud for a moment… about WORRY! Worry hinders the ability to be confident and positive. Many of us find ourselves candidates for worry. We know what the Bible says, yet worry is here to stay.
Let’s look at some of the things we all worry about. Money seems to be at the top of the list, however, sickness in families, physical or mental illness, economic downturn, terrorism, lack of trust, etc. etc. There’s plenty to go around.
I could make the excuse that my worry is actually being concerned about a particular person or event. However, being concerned is nothing more than wanting to keep a close watch and control over what is happening.
Another thing, worry personifies the worst. Imaginations run wild, thoughts streaming of “what if’s”, and the “if only’s”rage relentlessly in the head. Many times what actually happens never compares with the magnitude that worry has caused! We really do make mountains out of molehills.
Jesus tells us that we are not to worry about tomorrow… “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”Matthew 6:34. It seems like anxiety and worry are an everyday thing. What Jesus meant was that worry and troubles are always going to be among us. When we worry, we put that worry ahead of Christ in our lives; then trusting in Christ departs. Worry displaces trust!
Worry is a sin and causes us to be a scorekeeper of life. As I have said, a Christian scorekeeper is of the worst kind. Many Christians find themselves caught in some kind of temptation which may lead to sin. Remember, temptation is not sin! It is when we succumb to the temptation and fall into the sin. When this happens, many of us find ourselves doing a “self-inventory” regarding our behavior. We all know about that balancing act of our good and bad behavior. Then we say, “OK, I’m not going to do that anymore! Oh Lord, You need to know that I am not going to do that anymore!”C’mon now, can we bargain with God? Whatever “that behavior” is, when the dust clears, and things get better, temptation again sets in because we believe everything is alright.
God knows that about us. God warned the children of Israel regarding how easy it would be to forget what He had done for them when enjoying the “good land” of milk and honey, commonly referred to as the “Promise Land”. The warning was regarding being satisfied with the new life and run the risk that they would forget God, Deuteronomy 8:7-11.
Our life dictates that there are things that are common amongst us. Temptations are part of those things, and so is worry. In 1Cor.10:13, Paul tells us that there are temptations that are common to all, but we are to remember that God is faithful to provide a way of escape.