Are you a worrywart? Prone to anxiousness? Fearful about the future? Me too.
If we ask around we will find plenty of advice, like the quote depicted below:
There’s nothing wrong with this quote. I actually like it and think that it summarizes the burden that worry can leave in its wake, but I cannot be assured that it is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16).
As a Christ follower, I should look to God’s word for wisdom and truth regarding worry.
Matthew 6:25-34 says “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more 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. Are you not much more valuable than they?Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I am by no means a Biblical scholar, but I think that this passage is pretty straightforward – do NOT worry. That does not leave a lot of room for interpretation. If I choose worry over trust, then I am being disobedient.
UGH! Then, why is it so difficult for me to choose to trust in the Lord? Maybe this is a challenge, because I think that my plans are better than His plans. Maybe I struggle, because I do not want to relinquish control. Francis Chan provides another perspective:
Whatever the reason, I can confidently say that it is a sin issue and something that the Lord is working on in me. Some days I am defeated by my worries, but the more I talk to God about my stress the easier it gets. When I feel the fear creep in, I will seek to meditate on Psalm 56:3 – “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.”
There’s another piece to this worry puzzle that is much more important than our struggle. This passage is full of God’s goodness – He really is our loving, Heavenly Father! He knows our needs and cares for us in unimaginable ways.
How do you fight your fears and renew your trust in the Lord? Do you have any examples of God’s faithful provision? I’m open to suggestions and would love to hear an encouraging testimony from you.