- Religion and Philosophy
I use too, all the time about everything. My family, my child, our finances...the list goes on. My husband called me a worry worth hog. Most of the time we worry about things that are beyond our control. Worrying can make you very miserable, it can make you sick. How are we to enjoy life if we are constantly worrying about it. God loves us and he wants us to be happy which is why he instructs us not to worry. Jesus says in Matthew 6:34 "Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today."
Do not Worry
God, our spiritual father, ruler, king or kings; tells us several times in the bible "Do not worry about anything; instead pray about everything." Philippians 4: 6. God is telling us not to worry, only pray. prayer is communication with God. God wants you to talk to him, tell him all that's on your mind including your worries. Whatever is bothering you, tell it to Jesus. Cast your burdens to the Lord and he will take care of you." Psalms 55:22.
Worrying Weighs a Person down
God created us, so he knows what worrying can do to our physical body."Worrying weighs a person down, an encouraging word cheers a person up." Proverbs 12:25. If your are constantly worrying then you are stressing and as we all know stress can lead to many health issues. I have experience first hand what worrying can do to your physical and mental health.
Two years ago my younger brother became ill. This unexpected illness destroyed my family. After a few months of prayers and lots of support and encouragement from my husband, I decided to give it all to Jesus. My Parents on the other hand; not so much. My mom especially took this very hard. I watched her worry day in and day out about my brother. I watched her worry about things that were beyond her control. She neglected her own health and as a result her physical and mental state began to fail.I watched my Dad become a person I did not recognize, a person I did not like.
While they both recently decided to release some of their burdens to God, they continue to worry about my brother a lot. My brother's current health situation still hurts and I too have experienced some of that pain, but my pain is different from my parents pain. I can not even begin to imagine the pain they feel for their last baby boy.
Somethings are out of our control, many things we can not handle. This is why we are instructed to pass all cares and all burdens to Jesus. This is why we were instructed to worry not.
Worrying gets you Nowhere
In Matthew 6: 27 Jesus asks this question, "Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?" Then he goes on to say "Why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work to make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God care so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?" He asked; a question my husband constantly ask me. See, I am the worrier in the relationship. I worry enough for the both of us. I use to think that I needed to be the one to worry because my husband was so care-free and not thinking about tomorrow's troubles.
"We're good baby, don't worry about it," was his response to my concerns regarding our finances. Then he would refer me to Matthew 6: 31-32 "Don't worry about these things, saying 'what will we eat? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly father already knows all your needs."
It took me sometime, but I soon realized that my husband was right and besides, I wasn't going to let him have all the fun in life while I worry myself to death. I too wanted to experience what it feels like to give all your worries, cares and burden to Christ and not have it be my concern anymore. Can I tell you...it feels refreshing. I feel lighter.
I'm not going to say I don't worry anymore but I definitely worry less. I talk to God everyday and I tell him my cares and concerns. I think a lot about the future which sometimes leads to me worrying about things that may never happen. As a mother I worry a lot about my baby and his future. But God knows these things and I want him to be in control of my son's future. Knowing that he controls his future gives me a peace of mind. So I decided to join my husband in trusting God and now our faith is doubled. My husband and I gave it all to Jesus, he now controls our future and when Jesus is in control; what's to worry?
God is Bigger than your Problem
Worrying comes easy and it is natural. It is easier to worry than it is to trust. But I challenge you not to take the easy way out. I challenge you to trust God today. He is our heavenly father and he has our best interest at hand. He wants to take care of us; let him. He wants to meet our every need, let him. All you have to do is seek him. "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." Matthew 6:33
Whatever you may be going through, Sickness, financial difficulties or just general everyday problems; release it right now in the hands of Jesus. I know its hard not to worry; I've been there but God is bigger than your problems.