I am going to be perfectly honest, I have a situation weighing on my heart pretty heavily right now.  I have always been prone to worry about things.  And while I am doing better about not worrying about the less significant things, I very quickly slip into a worry coma when things get real.  But even as I sit here, my stomach turning and heart aching, I believe with all my heart that worry is a sin.

First of all, the Bible is pretty clear about where God stands on the subject.  Matthew 6:34 says not to worry about tomorrow, but to let tomorrow worry about itself.  Jesus teaches that since God makes sure the birds in the air and the flowers in the field are taken care of, it should be obvious that He will take care of us.

When we worry, we are not trusting God.  We are essentially saying, “God, I know you said you would handle this and usually I believe that You know better than me, but I’m not quite sure about this one.”  Really?  Seriously?  For realz?  How ridiculous does that sound?  Worrying is just a selfish way for me to try and control a situation that I usually have no business being in charge of.

So if worrying is wrong, what should I do if I have a huge problem in front of me?  The answer is very simple.  First, you need to completely assess the situation.  See if there is anything you can do to help your cause or resolve the issue. 

If you find that there are things you can do to take on the problem, then do them.  Take your fate into your own hands (after praying to make sure it is what you should do, of course), and get to work.  Then don’t worry anymore because you are doing all you can do.

If there is nothing you can do, then you simply need to give the situation to God, pray for resolution, and trust that God will take care of the situation as He sees fit.  On the scale of “easier said than done,” I realize this is near the top of the list.  Trust me, this is something I struggle with a great deal.  So if you would comment below and let me know I am not alone, that would help me not to worry so much about how much I worry.  Sad, right?

“Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.” (Isaiah 26:4 NIV)

Libby
4/5/2012 07:50:29 am

You are definitely not alone on this! Especially as parents, it seems like it is our duty to worry-a sin, but totally accepted and expected by society. But you are right in that it is our way of scrambling for control when we should be giving it all over to God. Your current situation isn't pleasant or easy and who knows when/if life will be "normal" again, but our God is orchestrating it all. It reminds me of the line "I know not what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future." And take comfort in knowing that God cares about us even more than we can care about our own kids! Easy for me to say, so hard to put into practice!

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keara
4/5/2012 02:06:40 pm

Yes, so hard to do! I have to pray a lot first because if I try to find a way to "fix" the problem myself it is just harder for me to relinquish control! I am a self admitted die hard control freak and worry wart esp over my babies! I have had to learn to let it all go with all the things we have been through with our kids- God always works it out much better than I coud have anyway!! Sometimes I am such a slow learner I am sure the "are you still so dull?" Statement Jesus asked the disciple could definitely apply to me! :) thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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