Many of our brothers and sisters exhaust themselves worrying about a variety of issues and situations.
Often they have every right to be concerned as their situations really are that dire.
All things we do have core beliefs that drive them. We do things we do for a reason: because we believe they will accomplish something but often we are unclear about what exactly we believe.
When we do things based on beliefs we are exercising faith in the object of our beliefs….or in our beliefs themselves.
We ALWAYS have faith……in something.
What, then, is the core belief of worry?
The core belief about worry is the belief that a mere human can fix his situation if only he could figure it all out.
This is a trap. Concerning the worry cycle the faith in is in the human.
If the human was that powerful or that wise or that omniscient….the situation causing him to worry would never exist in his life.
This is why the temptation to worry is a trap. Satan knows a man cannot be god in his own life and even if he DID manage to reason his way out of the situation this would only strengthen his flesh….thereby bringing more death into his own soul.
“…the mind set on the flesh is death…” (Romans 8:6a – NASB)
Worry is a trap.
The antidote to worry is to trust God...moment by moment.
You string a lot of those together....and you’ve got yourself a lifetime of faith and a LOT of real life and a lot of peace neither of which are dependent on pleasant circumstances.
“…the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace…” (Romans 8:6b)
Jesus said that if we lay up treasure for ourselves we are not “rich toward God.” (Luke 12:21)
He had more to say:
“Then He said to His disciples, ‘Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.’” (Luke 12:22-30)
Jesus urged His disciples (and urges us this day) to not worry and not have anxious minds. He would not do that if He wasn’t sure we had the ability to obey Him.
(He NEVER sets us up for failure.)
He directs our minds away whatever is our focal point when we worry: the problem and puts it firmly on the Answer: “your Father knows that you need these things.”
He replaces our faith in our own (fallible) ability to solve all our problems with a real God: our Father.
He encourages us to be about the business of sons and daughters of the Most High God: building His Kingdom.
“But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.’” (Luke 12:31-32)
I find this to be very encouraging and uplifting. It’s nice to have a Father for a change Who is all powerful, knows all things, is everywhere at one time and Who loves us so much that He wants to give us the only things that really matter.
Let’s resolve to abandon our worry and fears and throw ourselves into His arms by walking in faith in Him and Him alone. Let us be….
“….anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)