One thing we plague ourselves with on a constant basis, is worry. We worry about finding a job; we worry about what people will think; we worry about our future, etc. Of course, the growing economic crisis doesn’t help, but then again, since when did the economy ever affect the length of God’s arm?
We tend to overreact based on what man’s prediction is. How easily we forget that there is a God in Heaven, ready to provide us our smallest needs if ever we ask, and yet we continue to worry. When we don’t receive the answers to questions we’re riddled with, the tendency we have is to question whether or not God really exists. In some circumstances, even after receiving the answer, we still aren’t happy with the manner in which it was received. Isn’t humanity fickle? We are a spoiled generation, used to immediate gratification for paltry pleasures that must be acquired at the very moment they are desired. God desires to break that bad little habit by allowing us to develop another habit, dependence.
The origin of worry starts within each one of us. When we as God’s children forget our Redeemer, the panic sets us off and the frenzy begins. We start questioning decisions we made, we start questioning each other, and above all we start questioning the One who has been our true north since we first drew breath.
In the Bible we find several instances where worry is openly spoken against. Psalm 37:8 says “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret – it only causes harm.” In retrospect, many of us would agree that, yes, worry does more harm than good. As humans, there is only so much we can do before the rest is found in supernatural territory. “And which of you by worrying can add one bit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?” (Luke 12:25-26) While there is much that we cannot control, God has detailed within His word several things that we can do to ensure success in our relationship with Him. The rest He will be more than willing to do if we so choose to follow through on our end. What’s said in 1 Peter 5:6, 7 illustrates this concept beautifully: “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”
The evil one uses worry as a tool to bog us down with thoughts that would otherwise have been occupied with God’s love. Our inability to see past a certain point is a bond that sin has placed upon us, but it is also because of this bond that we must so heavily rely upon our Savior. That, in and of itself, is the biggest blessing. Imagine an existence where all that we needed to accomplish would have to be done our own. The close shaves we were once grateful to escape, are, now in reality occurrences that might very well ensue without any protection. Imagine an existence where God’s hand was withdrawn from our lives. What kind of grief and pain would we have to endure? It’s a blessing to be able to depend upon a mighty, merciful and wondrous God without fear of tomorrow.
God loves us with such a powerful and incomprehensible love, that He was willing to allow His own Son to be brutally murdered so as to compensate for the sins of the entire world – past, present and future. “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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6, 7)
If we have no need to fear eternal death, what other consequence is there worth worrying about? Nothing else compares to the debt that has already been paid. Our salvation has been personally gift-wrapped and hand-delivered. So yeah, about that tough life….no worries…