“His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me.”
A Culture Full of Worry, Including the Christians –
The culture around us is in a hurry. We run here, go there, plan this or do that and it’s simple enough to let ourselves slip into this problem of worry, completely unaware that we have done so. Our outlook on our situation is that of fear, wondering what tomorrow will hold and attempting to plan our own futures. A doctor may choose from a plethora of pills to calm your anxiety, but worry is a problem and it shouldn’t simply be covered up. Anxiety, fear and worry are a direct result of our unwillingness to trust God.
Jesus’ disciples left everything to follow Him and perhaps from the beginning they wondered how they would be provided for. Jesus wasn’t wealthy and they knew that. One day, Jesus began to talk to them about worry.
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?'” (Matthew 6:25-31)
God is capable of forming our bodies and giving us life, can He not also provide for our needs? If God cares for the birds and the flowers, will He not also care for you, His special creation? You cannot worry yourself taller and you most certainly cannot worry yourself happier. This brings to mind a quote I’ve often heard.
“O God, give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed, courage to change what should be changed, and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.”
Corrie ten Boom says this in response to the quote above:
“There are two things we should not worry about: the things we can change (we need to get busy and do something about these) and the things we cannot change (no amount of worry will help these). Instead, we should let God give us the courage and strength to master the unavoidable, for with God, nothing is impossible.”
Count Your Blessings –
Often our worry is a result of the way that we see our situation. We take so much for granted and do not realize how much we truly have. It’s a common idea that we deserve to be happy, healthy and wealthy, but do we honestly deserve that? Has God really promised us what the world views as a “good life?” No, He hasn’t. It is only by His goodness that we have what we have. Take a moment to count your blessings and it will help you to see that God is truly taking care of you, whether you’ve realized it or not.
May Christians Worry?
As I said earlier, worry is a common problem in our culture. It is all too easy to follow the crowd, but are we – as Christians – called to follow the crowd? Certainly not! We are called to be different from the world so that the world may see Him through us, but what will the world see different in a Christian as anxious, worried and fearful as everyone else? Worry distracts us from doing the work of God. We will look at our situation and see only the problems, rather than the opportunities. We must come to realize that worry is a result of our unwillingness to trust God and, therefore, worry is sin.
“Worry is sin; a… God-defying, Christ rejecting sin; worry about anything, at any time whatever. We will never know victory over worry and anxiety until we begin to treat it as a sin. For such it is. It is a deep-seated distrust of the Father, who assures us again and again that even the falling sparrow is in His tender care.” -Charles G. Trumbull
This is a serious issue and we cannot simply continue to worry, knowing that doing so is direct disobedience to God. As Christians we must have victory over this sin and in order to have victory a battle must be fought. Are you ready to fight?
Worry and Your Walk With God –
Your relationship with your Heavenly Father will ultimately determine your strength in this battle with worry. Fear weakens us and causes us to look at our situation in a hopeless light and we would be right to feel hopeless if we faced our troubles alone, but with God we are never alone. Our God is great, strong, powerful, loving and with Him there is certainty – He has promised to never leave nor forsake His children. We cannot rid our lives of this sin alone, but through the power and authority of our great Savior, we will have victory. Through that victory our lives will be a display of God’s glory and we will be fulfilling our purpose as His children.
Ridding Our Lives of Worry –
Take the time to find out where your worry comes from. Find the source and give it over to God. Admit that you’ve been wrong in your mistrust of Him and ask Him to help you, knowing that you cannot fight this battle alone.
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
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13
Note: Be watching for From Worry to Worship – Part 2