Worry – What Does It Get You?

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“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?” Luke 12:25 (NASB)



Worry / Anxiety—Both of these words evoke a sense of unrest about something important to us. And so the scripture tells us it can’t add time to our life … in fact, it takes time from us. Think about what is bothering you at this very moment. Whether it’s a relationship that has gone awry, a financial problem, an issue at work, an extremely ill child – or any other event in your life that has caused your heart to beat a little faster when you think of it, time is passing that cannot be retrieved.

For example, in the process of building our third home, my husband and I knew to expect a certain number of problems and the anxiety that went with them. As those issues arose, it was easy to jump from A to Z and imagine that what existed then, would always be. To further complicate the problem, we had no control over when and how the problem would be resolved. Our only hope was to communicate with the builder and trust him to fix it.

Except, that is not at all the only thing we can do. We can also communicate with the Father … about our house, our family, our health, the state of our nation, our finances, our faith … and the list goes on. We have the awesome privilege to go to Him with all of our problems. 1 Peter 5:6–7 (NASB) tells us, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”

We must practice taking our cares to Him, because when we lose control of the outcome, though we know we need help from One greater than ourselves, it does not come naturally to “cast all our anxiety on Him.” When I was a young Christian, I thought God only wanted me to bring Him the really BIG problems. After all, He was busy running the world. He couldn’t possibly care about the little things. But after the experiences of raising children and grandchildren, all the while trying to maintain a healthy relationship with my husband, nurturing extended family and friends, and most importantly, growing in my faith through studying His Word, my view of “who God is” changed.

You see, our view of God determines how we relate to Him. The measure of our faith in Him to both care and guide us in all things is directly proportionate to our knowledge of who He is. The more we learn of Him through His Word, the more we realize just how much we can trust Him. Jeremiah 32:17 (NIV): “Ah Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you!” When we really “get” that, it dramatically changes our ability to “let go and let God.”

So, next time you feel like this little guy …

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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6–7 (NASB)