It is undeniably true that it only takes a little worry to cast a big shadow. Billy Graham once said: “When worry is present, trust cannot crowd it’s way in.” One definition of the word “worry” tells us that it is a “troubled state of mind.” “Uneasy” and “anxiety” also come into play. Are you a “worrywart?”
“How can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?” ~ Luke 12:25 (NRSV)
When we look to Scripture the subject of “worry” is scattered throughout the Bible. It is clearly a part of our “life-lesson” so we need to pay attention to what the Bible teaches us about “worry.” Some people spend 90% of their life worrying over one thing or another instead of living in the joy that God gives us in each moment. Worry can have a devastating impact of a person’s health and happiness.
“Seek your happiness in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desire. Give yourself to the Lord, trust in Him, and He will help you; He will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun. Be patient and wait for the Lord to act…. Don’t give in to worry.” ~ Psalm 37:3-8
“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” ~ Psalm 55:22
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27
Here’s my favorite verse about worry: “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them…. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” ~ Matthew 6:25-26, 34
Do you trust that God will handle your worries or do you clutch them so tightly that He has to pry them out of your hands? When others see you fretting and stewing over some unseen and unfounded “trouble” they can clearly see your lack of faith. As Christians particularly, we need to learn to turn all of our worries over to our heavenly Father whether they are big or little. In most cases the things that bother us and stir up the worry-genes will not even happen. Are you giving Satan room to cause you to worry? Will you give every little concern to God? Do you truly have faith and trust in Him?
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