There are few things in life I can claim the status of expert in, but worry is one of them.
If worry were a job, my resume would be impressive. I am a professional worrier. I come from a long line of worriers. I can worry with the best of them. I have spent many years perfecting the art of worry. I have my doctorate degree in the field of worry. I am an alum of Fretting University.
But a recent development has placed my career in worry at risk: God told me that when I worry, I am insulting Him. Ouch.
I was already aware of the many negative sides of worry. Like Matthew Henry’s epic words:
There are two things, about which we should never worry. First, the things we can’t help. If we can’t help them, worrying is certainly most foolish and useless. Secondly, the things we can help. If we can help them, let us set about it, and not weaken our powers by worry. Weed your garden. Pluck up the smallest roots of worry. Watch for their first appearance above the ground and pluck them while they are small. Don’t let them get a start. They will crowd out all the beautiful things that ought to grow in our hearts unless we do.
I was also familiar with the statistics on worry:
- 40% of what we worry about will never happen.
- 30% has already happened.
- 12% is unfounded criticism from others.
- 10% is our health.
- 8% is the actual problems we have to do something about.
- That means 92% of worry is useless! And worrying about the 8% didn’t help the situation one bit!
I don’t think I’m alone in the battle of worry. We all worry, don’t we?
- The ignorant worry because they don’t know enough.
- The knowledgeable worry because they know too much.
- The rich worry because they are afraid of losing what they have.
- The poor worry because they don’t have enough.
- The old worry because they are facing death.
- The young worry because they are facing life.
But of all the many reasons and statistics that remind me why I shouldn’t worry, none of them cut to my heart like the simple fact that I am insulting God every time I worry.
- When I worry about mistakes of the past, I am proclaiming that I’m not sure if God really forgives.
- When I worry about the circumstances of the present, I am proclaiming that I’m not sure if God is in control.
- And when I worry about the needs of the future, I am proclaiming that I’m not sure if God will take care of me.
So how exactly can we not worry? Let me share with you the simple technique the Bible says to use to be victorious over worry. It has helped me immensely! It’s simply this: turn your worry into prayer.
Check out Phillipians 4:6-7: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
So now, every time I’m tempted to worry about something, I pray about it instead. Instead of thinking, “How am I going to get this all done! There’s too much to do…I’m not going to finish it…I don’t have enough time…I’m going to let someone down…” I turn it into a prayer: “God, you see all that I have to do. You know every responsibility, and are aware of every task on my to-do list. Please help me complete them efficiently and anoint me as I do so…”
Phillipians 4:6-7 can put an end to your battle with worry. I dare you to try it! The next time you catch yourself worrying, just follow the instructions: 1. Don’t worry about anything. 2. Pray about everything 3. The peace of God will be yours.
I don’t want to insult God anymore. So I’d like to announce my retirement from the corporation of worry.
Hmmm…I wonder who will take my place…I sure hope they do a good job…what am I going to do without my job of worrying…
Charles Spurgeon wrote: “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows but only empties today of its strength.”
What do you struggle with worrying about the most? You can leave a comment here.