Why do we worry? First of all it came from the fall of man
, with Adam and Eve
in the Garden of Eden
. They (Eve, through satan’s lie) thought God
was holding out on them, she wanted more.
Crashing waves and rocks of worry. photo by Candy Clonts
She sucked Adam into the deception. They saw truth so they hid their sin and lie from God. Why didn’t they just try calling out to the Lord and tell Him, “we messed up here, we need Your help.” But nooo, they were afraid of God, it says in Gen. 3:10. Being afraid/fear is a mixture of worry, dread and doubt. They were worried about what they had done. They dreaded facing God with the truth. As they doubted Gods help for them. Don’t we do these same things today? The truth of the matter is we do not trust the Lord.
Proverbs 3:5 (Amplified Bible)
Leanon, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on
Churning waves are like worry. photo by Candy Clonts
your own insight or understanding.
There is your answer. If we choose to worry about a matter it is because we are leaning on our own way and how we think it ought to be…but it is not working. Is it? I doubt very seriously it is not.
I have heard it said worry is like a “top”. You can spin and spin it around, but sooner or later it is going to start to wobble and eventually fall on its side to a complete halt. Have you felt that way> You are jus spinning you “top” and you are afraid to stop or you will topple over. Hey there is an other worry, you are afraid of toppling over. What they….awe…another worry. Worry begets worry. Just as a snowball being rolled and pushed around, it gets bigger and bigger. Before long you can not push that great snowball any longer. Now what? Try leaving it there.
Say what did you say? I said to leave it there. You should have never started to roll it, your worries, around to begin with. Please talk the time to read Matthew 6:19-34. It first talks about storing up treasures here on earth and we ought to be storing up spiritual, heavenly things in life. Why? We will be torn between the two and try to serve both areas and we can not. Then it goes on to say, “take no thought for your life” and in verse 33 it say, “not to take thought for tomorrow.” Why? It has problems of its own and they will be taken care of tomorrow…so don’t worry.
Here are a few facts about worry. Worry affects about 65 million people in America. That means over half of us are worriers, chronic worriers. We all worry to one degree to another, but some can not help but worry about just about any and everything. A chronic worrier.
Years ago, Dr. Charles h Mayo of Mayo Clinic states that worry affects circulation, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects the heart. He said, ” I have never seen a man die from being overworked, but many have died from doubt.” A medical doctor said that! In following years it has been established chronic worry weakened the immune systems, cardiovascular disease, neurological imbalances, clinical depression and other physical and psychological dysfunctions. Worry also will lead to panic attacks, agoraphobia (a condition characterized by an irrational fear of public or open space) and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
All this because of worry. There are over 350m times the Bible tells us to “fear not” in some form. Worry and/or anxious is specifically mention about 25 times in the New Testament alone.
An Old English word for worry is to “gnaw”. We like to chew on our problems for a while. Just as a dog chews on his bone. The dog is fixed on that bone. We have our eyes fixed on our problems and not on Jesus. So we worry.
What we worry about will astound you. Here are a few numbers to think about:
- 40% are things that will never happen
- 30% are about the past–which can not be changed
- 12% are about criticism by others, mostly false
- 10% are about health, which gets worse with stress
- 8% are about real problems that can be solve
Worry is a waste of our time and breaks down and destroys relationships, especially our relationship with Jesus. When we worry for more than a very short time, we are saying “my situation is greater than God and His ability to help me.” Is my problem; your problem greater than our great and mighty God, the One who made heaven and earth, creator of all the universe, He is not big and strong enough for what I am facing….that is what worry says. We wouldn’t dare say or think that, but we do. Yes we most certainly do, probably every day in one form or another. I have…I do.
BUT GOD wants us to experience more from Him then we give Him access to in our lives.
Philippians 4:6 (Amplified Bible)
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
We need to STOP! Worry is a disease that is kill us, physically and spiritually. Jesus is the answer.
A call to the waters photo by Candy Clonts
Matthew 11:28-30 (Amplified Bible)
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
Jesus tells us to come to Him, that is not a request, but a command. He commands us to come to His so that He is able to help us in the right way, His way and that is the only way. (John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.)
Hebrews 12:1-2 (King James Version)
Rain is a comin'-Refreshment photo by Candy Clonts
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
What the Lord has stared in us He will finish it. We have not endured, gone through any such trial as our Savior. What He went through He counted it as a joy….we were His joy…He went to the cross for us, you and me. It was worth it to Him and so will our trials IF we give them to Jesus.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (Amplified Bible)
For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.
Don’t think for one minute your trial and circumstances are any different or difficult than someone else. Someone some where at some time has gone through the same thing you have. They were able to endure and bear up under their cross, so can you and I. Why? Because Jesus is our strength and ability to be under whatever it is that God choose to put in our lives. Jesus is what will cause us to bear what we are having to go through. Jesus is the answer. Believe Him. Trust Him. Lean on Him. Love Him. Enjoy His presence with you. It is all about Jesus not us. We
Divided photo by Candy Clonts
worry because Jesus is not our focal point and complete desire. There is a mixture in us (Psalm 106:35; 2 Cor 6:17; Gal 5:16-21; Heb 7:26). We are being tossed to and fro. (Eph 4:14; James 1:6) These things cause worry, fear and doubt, doubt in the Lord.
There is more to be said here, but I feel there has been enough to think and pray on.
God does not want us to worry ourselves about things of life but to trust Him. Trust brings rest and peace to our lives. This is where He wants to be, at peace, in heart, body, mind and most importantly and it will cover every aspect is spiritually.
Philippians 4:7 (Amplified Bible)
And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Jesus desires us to walk in the spirit, His Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-26 (King James Version)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
If we choose to walk/ to be occupied in the Spirit then there will be very little to no availability for the worry to enter in our lives.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (Amplified Bible)
But whenever a person turns [in repentance] to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom). 18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.
John 14:17-18 (KJV)
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
John 14:26-27 (KJV)
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (Amplified Bible)
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and gave us everlasting consolation and encouragement and well-founded hope through [His] grace (unmerited favor), 17 Comfort and encourage your hearts and strengthen them [make them steadfast and keep them unswerving] in every good work and word.
He leadeth me phot by Candy Clonts
Psalms 23:1-6 (Amplified Bible)
THE LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. 2 He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters. 3 He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake. 4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over. 6 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.
Isaiah 43:1-3, 5 (KJV)
But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:…. 5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
John 16:33 (KJV)
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Philippians 4:6-9 (KJV)
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
There are so many scriptures telling us the Lord is our comfort. If He is our comfort, why worry. Why should we concern ourselves with things that we, most likely, can not do anything about.
The Spirit of God Watches and Comforts us photo by Candy Clonts
Find your joy and confidence in Jesus. As we learn to go to, trust and lean on Jesus our focus will change. When you notice your perspective changing, readjust it. Turn your focus on Him, Jesus, your Comfort. He know your every sorrow and burden, so just give them to the Lord.
Lord bless you and may the hope you find in Him show His grace to you each day.
With much love and prayer for you.