You can’t worry your way out of worry!
Yesterday we spent some time talking about worry, but more importantly the ‘why’ behind worry. The key, or what I like to call the Big Idea, was that:
Worry is a direct result of believing that God doesn’t care enough!
For some of you that immediately caused a panic attack, and your worry level went through the roof, because now you’re worried if God is mad at you because you don’t have ‘enough faith’. First, let me say, RELAX! God’s not mad at you, angry with you, or disappointed in you. He is using this truth to help you, release you, and lighten your load. Remember Jesus made it very clear:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
Worry is completely ineffective on every level imaginable, it does absolutely nothing for you! So, if you find yourself dancing around the edges of worry, or completely immersed in a worry ‘wonderland’ today, take the simple steps the Bible gives us to find the peace that God offers:
- Pray – believing that God actually wants rest for you
- Tell Him what you need – He wants you to be specific, call out what you are worried about and lay it at His feet
- Thank Him – remind yourself of how faithful He has been to you over the years.
I’m reminded of an old chorus that goes like this:
Why worry when you can pray
Trust Jesus He’ll be your stay
Don’t be a doubting Thomas
Rest fully on His promise
Why worry worry worry worry
When you can pray
Alfred Smith, John Peterson 1949 Brentwood Music