The story is told by Winston Churchill, of an old man who declared on his deathbed that his life was full of many troubles many which never happened.
Our minds are always prone to attacks from the Devil through anxiety and worry. We are always trying to figure things out- even things beyond our understanding. We worry about the success of a programme we are organising, we worry about financial provision for our plans. We worry about what to share. We are prone to worrying about everything and anything.
In his book, In the Secret Place, J. Otis Ledbetter asks a critical question, “When you think about it, isn’t our anxiety over such uncontrollable factors and circumstances the very thing that keeps us from accomplishing great things for God?”
Worry rubs us of peace, joy and helps us misuse the valuable gift of time. Some people can even be said to be addicted to worry! If they do not have something of their own to worry about, they’ll look for other people’s problems to worry about. Worry attempts the impossible task of making us know and understand all things. If this was possible, what would make God who He is?
It is absolutely impossible to worry and live in peace at the same time. – Joyce Meyer.
I want to share very briefly three things the Scriptures say about worry. I trust that we will learn to agree with what the bible says about this disposition of ours so that we can enjoy life in full.
- Worry weighs you down.
“Worry can rob you of happiness, but kind words will cheer you up.” (Prov. 12:25 GNT)
This is wisdom from King Solomon. Worry does not add anything to us. Rather, it weighs us down and keeps us from living fully to die empty.
- Worry achieves nothing.
“And besides, what’s the use of worrying? What good does it do? Will it add a single day to your life? Of course not! And if worry can’t even do such little things as that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” (Luke 12:25-26 TLB)
Our Lord Jesus said worrying is like fussing before the mirror and lamenting about your height- you are definitely not going to grow taller thereby. Dutch Christian and author of The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom once said that “worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” Worry is never a value adding service!
- Worry is a choice
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.” (Phil 4:6-7 TLB)
One thing I love about the Scriptures is the fact you are never given a Don’t without a Do. It appears to me from Paul’s letter to the Philippians that worry is a choice we make in the stead of prayer. We are simply instructed to worry about nothing but pray about everything. Eugene Peterson puts it thus: “Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.”
I have refrained from talking about how not to worry, or how to walk out of anxiety. I believe the Scriptures simply instructs us not to worry but asks us to pray. I do not wish to complicate this simplicity with tips of self-help.
So, what do you do when you have something you are tempted to worry about, pray and before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s really wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
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