25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? – Jesus, the Sermon on the Mount; Matthew 6:25-27.
Would you purposely torment yourself? I’m guessing not. So why do you worry? To what end? Has worry ever solved anything? To the contrary, worry is a debilitating malady that depresses us and moves us toward inaction at the time that action is required. Here is a definition I found for worry. “To torment oneself with or suffer from
To torment oneself. Yeah, I’m not going to do that. My God is bigger than anything I could possible worry over. Trust in God, pray, and as you pray, let go and let God.
I was reminded of God’s care for me, for us, this week while I was out on a walk. Birds, lots of them, were flying all around without a care in the world. I was reminded of the sermon my pastor, Brad Stahl, gave the previous Sunday and thought about Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:25.
Here is some of what Pastor Brad reminded us of:
Worry is a waste of time. Worry never solved anything, never made anything better, never resulted in a good outcome, and never helps us trust in the Lord. It doesn’t because it can’t. Remember the definition; worry torments.
Instead of worrying take action. Do something constructive to address the issue. Do what you can do. One of the things you can do, and must do, is pray. Yes, prayer is doing something, a big something, so pray, and trust God to do what he can do. In a simple phrase, “pray, let go, and let God.”
When it comes right down to it, worry is a faith issue. When we lose faith that God is in control, that he is at work in our lives, and that he cares for us infinitely more than we can fathom, we have nothing left to do but worry. So, keep your faith alive and strong, trust God. Trust to the point that worry ceases to be an option.
Notice I didn’t say that you issues would be solved if you stop worrying and start trusting. The situations don’t always change, the problems don’t magically disappear. What changes is our response. When we release worry we are no longer frozen by fear. As we trust in God, as we pray and renew our faith, we can begin to exercise our faith by taking action. We begin to do what we can do and trust God to do what we cannot do. And as we turn our eyes to Jesus and put our faith and trust in him, the things we need, the solutions we seek, the victory over our circumstances, are seen in a new light, and we see the blessings that sometimes come through the pain. (Matthew 6:33).
Winning the Worry War
Where does worry come from? Why is it so life-consuming? What can we do to defeat it?
The Bible teaches some amazing principles for combating worry.
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