you could be sitting on a beach chair
right now would you be able to enjoy
it? Or would you be worrying about
everything going on back home? Most
of us can probably think of someone
we know who believes that there is
a verse in the Bible that reads, "Blessed
be the worriers."
a chronic illness gives us a long
list of justified reasons to worry.
We worry if we should take it easy
today, and rest for tomorrow; or if
we should do all we can today, in
case tomorrow we feel worse. We throw
out the dreams of trying to do it
all, and concentrate on worrying about
if we can do some of it. We worry
when our body is falling apart. When
we are in remission we worry it won't
last. We worry about having children,
raising our children, financial burdens,
if we are a good spouse, how to keep
a positive attitude, and we probably
all have moments when we worry and
is listening to our prayers. For a
moment let's try to put all those
emotional worries aside and look at
God's word logically.
does hear our prayer and knows our
worries, but He tells us our worries
are in vain. He's already taken care
of everything. Peter writes, "Turn
all your anxiety over to God because
He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7).
Easier said than done? If you need
more than that, read on; here are
six reasons not to worry.
God tells us not to worry.
"Don't ever worry about tomorrow"
(Matt. 6:34). He doesn't say, "I
understand you're sick and you have
some serious lab work coming up, so
occasionally, on those days, worry
about tomorrow." God says, "Don't
ever..." Our Father is not making
a suggestion, such as "You'll
benefit by not worrying." He's
giving us a commandment.
We have nothing to worry about!
seems hard to believe, but Paul assures
us, "My God will richly fill
your every need in a glorious way
through Christ Jesus" (Phil.
4:19). Writing this from a jail cell,
Paul was speaking from experience.
God knows our needs better than we
know our own needs. And He knows not
only what we need today, but also
what we will need in the future; He's
already taken care of it. He promises
to not only take care of our needs,
but that he will fill our need in
a glorious way.
Worry doesn't do any good!
asks, "Who of you can add a single
hour to his life by worrying? Since
you cannot do this very little thing,
why do you worry about the rest?"
(Luke 12:25,26). Jesus is calling
us on our attitude and lack of control.
Worrying does not add an hour to our
life. If anything it probably takes
a few hours off of our life.
We need to be soothed by God.
tells God, "When I worried about
many things, your assuring words soothed
my soul" (Psalm 94:19). Yes,
regardless of how God-like we strive
to be, it seems occasional worrying
is a part of our human nature. The
important thing is to not let it consume
us. David took his worries to God,
and God soothed him. Soothe means
to calm or comfort with soft words.
If you forget to talk to God in prayer
about your worries, you aren't giving
God the opportunity to soothe you.
Worry can control you.
can even consume you; when you are
overwhelmed with this anxiety your
focus is no longer on God. Rather,
"Let Christ's peace control you.
God has called you into this peace
by bringing you into one body. Be
thankful," (Col. 3:15). God tells
us "Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your request
to God. And the peace of God, which
transcends all understanding, will
guard your hearts and your minds in
Jesus Christ." (Phil 4: 6,7).
God knows that if you bring your burdens
to him, he will make them light; but
He allows us free choice to carry
our own burdens. Learn the distinction
between worry and prayer.
Lastly, the troubles we are experiencing
are temporary, even "light."
our light and momentary troubles are
achieving for us an eternal glory
that far outweighs them all."
(2 Corinthians 4:17) To us the burdens
feel heavy, but in God's eyes they
are light. God cares about our worries
but he knows that He is more powerful
than any illness, financial worry,
or other burden you may carry.
is difficult. The human side of us
will naturally choose to worry. So
sometimes we need to be reminded that
He who knows the eternal life we will
experience understands that our worries
are not insignificant, but unnecessary.
God knows how the story ends.
is my hope that you are able to let
go of at least a few worries this
week and take them to our Father.
It can be a constant struggle to let
go of them, but through His loving
kindness you can experience the worries
lifted and the peace that passes all
human understanding. Give God the
chance to soothe your soul.