“Do no be anxious about anything…”
Philippians 4:6, NIV
A college freshman wrote home to his parents expressing great concern: “Dear Mom and Dad, I have not heard from you in nearly a month. Please send a check so I will know that you are all right.”
Here is a definition of worry: Worry is assuming responsibility that God never intended you to have. It is playing God and trying to control the uncontrollable. There is a difference between concern and worry. Concern is legitimate. Concern is channeled energy toward something that you can change.
Worry is a waste of energy on something that you cannot change or control. Worry cannot change the past or control the future. There is a card that reads “If you are tempted to worry, remember a raisin was once a happy grape.” Worry shrivels up our personality, ruins our health, saps our energy, distracts our concentration and siphons the hope from our heart.
In Matthew 6:34 Jesus said “Do not worry about tomorrow…” Jesus forbids us to worry because worry is a refusal to trust God. George Mueller said: “The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.”
If anybody had a reason to worry, it was the Apostle Paul. He was sitting in a Roman prison facing a trial where he could be sentenced to die. But he wrote to his friends in Philippi with the antidote to anxiety.
Paul said “Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace.” (Philippians 4:6-7) Paul said don’t panic, pray. Prayer is God’s sure-cure solution to worry. We switch our worry list to our prayer list and we release everything to God. If you have been wringing your hands about what tomorrow may bring, maybe it is time to put your hands into the hands of the One who holds tomorrow.
QUESTION: What have you been worrying about lately? Is it outside of your control? Have you been releasing it to God in prayer?