do not be
These verses have been coming up recently in my study. First, we had a Sunday School lesson on them; then they showed up again in a book I am reading about “respectable sins” (more about that in an upcoming post). Yes, I am learning, worrying is a sin. We may excuse it by saying, “that’s just how I am — I was born a worrywart!” That certainly seems true of me. We may even find it a bit admirable — worriers are often the best planners, and certainly God doesn’t want us to go through life oblivious to our needs and responsibilities. At the core, however, worry betrays a lack of trust in God. Jesus tells us in the verses above that we can rest assured that God cares for us, and our lives will work out, when we put His kingdom first. Trust puts one foot forward at a time, day by day and resists feeling anxious about the future.
I also recently read about anxiety in a book about insomnia (didn’t I tell you God directs my reading?) One suggestion given was, if you tend to worry and can’t sleep, set aside a “worry time” each day — maybe just 30 minutes. Ask yourself what things are really bothering you, and then decide what you’ll do about it. When the worry comes back, tell yourself, “I’ve already thought about that problem, and I have a plan for dealing with it….. then put it out of your mind. As a Christian, our “worry time” might be part of our hour of prayer. Let God know what’s on your mind, and ask Him to help you resolve it. Then ask for His peace about the situation, knowing He will give it to you.
Maybe, like me, you’re a natural worrier (because we all are, after all, natural sinners). You can’t entirely avoid those worrisome thoughts; but you can stop yourself from obsessing. Turn them over to God. Pray instead.
He loves you and so do !
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