I am sure that none of you have a problem with worrying. (Hear my sarcasm) But just in case there is one or two of you who do, I am going to share some of my thoughts. I remember seeing this years ago:
It is so true! I will share with you a recent example of that. When I heard that Pac-12 was not going to allow any fans into the basketball arenas this year, I began to fret and stew about it, in other words, worry. Then, in mid-December, Dante was injured and is out for the rest of the season and the need for me to get into the arena no longer existed. It was not lost on me that I had been doing a lot of time fretting and worrying over a need that soon wasn’t even going to exist! So, I’ve been trying to do better about not worrying. Today, I’m going to share with you some of the things that I am learning about worry.
In Matthew 6: 25, Jesus told us not to worry. He said, ” Don’t worry about your life…” In Philippians 4:6, Paul tells us, “Don’t worry about anything…”
So, it is clear that we are not to worry. It is not good for us. Worry will cause physical problems such as high blood pressure and ulcers. Worry will cause mental problems such as anger, bitterness, and slander. Worry will cause spiritual problems as we focus more on ourselves rather than on being obedient to God.
Here are some things that God has shown me that are helping me to overcome this besetting sin of mine.
- We do not know what the future holds, and so many of the things that we worry about just never take place. But God does know what will happen, and as hard as it is to understand, He is already there. As we go into our futures, we will not be there alone.
- We have a God who is wiser than we are. He is a good God. He can see the larger picture, and in His wisdom and love, He will take care of us, no matter what happens. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast your cares on Him because He cares about you.” So, we will have our own personal cares and worries, but we are to remember that in these times, God cares about us and our suffering. In fact, in Hebrews 2:18, it says that Jesus “himself suffered when he was tempted” and “he is able to help those who are tempted”. Also, sometimes because we are part of a larger body in Christ, that larger picture may include suffering because when one of us suffers, we will all be affected/suffer in some way. (1 Cor. 12) However, we do not need to think that we are suffering needlessly, because we are assured in Romans 5 that “suffering will produce perseverance, and perseverance will produce character, and character will produce hope.” We are in this (life) together, and we are learning & growing together. And there are times that how we handle the adversity and suffering will be a testimony that encourages someone else, or even leads them to the Lord.
- We should not worry because we serve a powerful God (Psalm 147:5) who can do “above and beyond all that we ask or think.” (Eph. 3:20) There is nothing that is too hard for Him to do. (Jeremiah 32:17) I worry because I cannot imagine how a certain situation will turn out for the good. However, I need to remember that God can do things that I can’t even imagine to make that situation turn out good! And what shows God’s greatness even more is that God can take what I consider a mess and a bad situation, and turn it good. Even if the bad thing that I’m worrying about does happen, God can somehow in His infinite power make it turn out for good. If we love the Lord, and allow Him to do His work, then “ALL things work together for good.” (Romans 8:28) WOW! It is honestly beyond my capacity to understand that, but I know that it is true!
I hope this will help and encourage some of you; it has helped me just by getting my thoughts down here in ‘black and white.’
I’d love to hear your thoughts, and what you’ve learned along life’s road about worry. If you would like to respond to me in a more private manner, send me an email at: TracksintheSand@mail.com.
God bless you! Hope to hear from you!