Worry. This is a term that most of us are familiar with. We are always worried, anxious about something: our health, the weather conditions, our careers, our finances, our families, the security of our countries, food to eat, clothes to wear, the bills; I mean there are so many things that cause us to feel worried and anxious. Worry is everywhere!!!
We can all acknowledge that life is filled with trouble even it seems as if we are born to trouble. From the moment you leave your mother’s womb you encounter trouble. Life begins with a doctor’s slap on our butt (for some of us who didn’t volunteer ourselves and start crying immediately), we all face almost daily disappointments, we want to be strong but we find ourselves being weak, we want to be courageous but we feel overcome by fear (fear of sickness, failure, rejection, false accusation, fear of public speaking), we want to be successful but we fail repeatedly, we want to be loved and appreciated but people seem indifferent to us, when we do something good, it causes envy and jealousy around us; I mean the better a man is, the worse he is thought of by his rivals.
It is because of worrying about tomorrow that young men are leaving in boats and despite risk of death are going to Europe or America thinking that they will find a better life there.
The cause of stealing, killing, destruction we see all over the world is the urge to store up wealth, treasures here on earth. All of this because of worrying about tomorrow!!
We are all worried, you are worried about something and even I am worried about something and the reason most people are worried about tomorrow is because of money. There just seems to be not enough money for everyone. Rich people want more so they don’t become poor, poor people want more so they become rich; and it all turns into a never ending cycle.
Money is not evil, in fact may God give us money and a lot of it; but we need to realize that money is but a small slice of life; if one is all about pursuing money; a large portion of life will pass him/her by. When you read the story and proverbs of Solomon, you will realize that money is really not enough to satisfy one’s soul. You see, this guy was rich; he really had enough money to go around. The bible says he sat on a throne of ivory overlaid with gold, he drank from vessels,cups of gold, he had fish pools in his parlor and had 1400 chariots and their horses all waiting to be brought out in public for a grand parade. Yet, Solomon found out that;
- Money is no substitute of salvation
- You could have plenty in your purse but nothing in your person
- You could be vogue on the outside but vague on the inside
- You could have a full bank account but an empty soul
- Money may buy material things but it just doesn’t buy deep down satisfaction
- Money may buy a house but it cannot buy a home
- Money may buy 4 years in college but it cannot buy an education
- Money may get you a wife but it cannot buy love
- Money can buy you a place in the cemetery but it cannot buy you a place in heaven
He concludes by saying that: “All is vanity and grasping for the wind” Eccl 1:13-18
Because of worry about tomorrow, people are doing and trying out all kind of things;
- They’re trying to eat their way to ecstasy,
- They’re trying to drink their way to pleasure,
- They’re trying to smoke their way to smoke their way to settled nerves,
- They’re trying to puff their way to popularity,
- They’re trying to push their way to power,
- They’re trying to bully their way to friendship,
And yet after all that, nothing changes; the world is still going from bad to worse and everything looks dark, gloomy and dull; there is war here, killing and stealing over there, corruption and disunity on the other side, unemployment everywhere; I mean your education cannot guarantee you a job anymore, what many studied is not what they are doing, there is oppression (physical, emotional, economic, political) all over!! All of this and more creates in one’s heart worry and anxiety; and makes one wonder how tomorrow will look like!!!
So, what is the way out? In this time and age, what confidence can one have? In a world that seems to be without peace and love, how can we not worry? In a time like this when friends turn to enemy and parents are divorcing, siblings are fighting with one another and there seems to be no one who’s trustworthy, how can we not worry about tomorrow? How can we not be afraid?
Looking at all this, it seems as though there is no hope but let me tell you that I have found hope, I have found rest, I have found peace and I have found all I need in Jesus Christ. This is what He said:
John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
Notice Jesus is not saying here that we lack reasons to be worried but that there’s greater reason not to be. For the bible to say that we should not let our hearts be troubled implies that there are reasons, things, situations that can cause one to worry; but we should not worry but instead believe in God.
You see, what you believe or whom you believe is what will keep you from despairing, being worried and anxious (Ps 27:13). Why does God not want us to worry, it is because:
- Worrying about the future destroys our sense of judgment; I mean our ability to think, to act and to make a wise decision
- When we worry about the future, we will not be able to differentiate between God’s supply and Satan’s bait. Consider when the tempter came to Jesus in the desert to tempt him with food; the Bible says that Jesus was hungry but he was not desperate for food that is why he was able to resist the temptation of the devil. He waited for the supply from God.
- Worrying about the future can cause one to become sick, high blood pressure, heartaches, stroke, etc…
- Worrying about future will not help us at all because the future is a mystery; something beyond our reach and understanding. Only God know what the future holds and He is saying to us : ‘ Don’t worry”; so why are you still worried?
When Jesus was ready to leave the earth, he could see that the disciples were worried about the future, what will happen after he is gone; so he said to them:
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
He gave them Peace. And peace is the opposite of worry; if you are at peace then it means you are not worried. Friends, Jesus gave us peace, His own peace not the peace of the world. This means peace that cannot be found on earth. Peace from heaven where there is no war, no famine, no killing and stealing; and it is that Peace that enabled Him to even withstand the crucifixion. When you read about how he was crucified, and the whole process, the bible never says that he asked for help from anyone or that he tried to escape and even on the cross, after they had cursed him, beaten him, insulted, spit at him, he looked at all those who had done all that and prayed for them saying:” Father, Forgive them for they know not what they are doing” (John 23:34)
He prayed for the people that killed and crucified him, all this is an indication that through it all, He had peace for He believed that God was able even to save him from death and resurrect Him; He even said to the women who were crying for Him that they not cry, worry about Him but cry for their children (Luc 23:28). It does not mean that He didn’t feel the pain of crucifixion but he was able to endure it because of the peace he had in his heart.
And the bible goes on to say that instead of worrying, we should believe and be of good cheer that is be happy, content because Jesus has overcome the world. According to 1 John 5:4; it is our faith that is the victory that has overcome the world. When you have faith in Jesus, that is trust in Him; you have overcome and despite all the troubles, the unrest, you will not be agitated, stressed out and panic because you will have the Peace of God in your heart.
Phi 4:6 “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.”
There is so many things to say about worrying and how the bible says we should handle it but looking at that verse, it is clear. The formula of a worry free life is Trusting In God and telling Him our worries and anxieties and He will give us peace through it all. Because it is only when you have peace, that you can think clearly and wisely make a decision concerning whatever you are facing.
It is that peace of God that we see working through the apostles and Christians as they were tortured, insulted, imprisoned, stoned, and still they kept the faith alive.
Jesus is offering you peace, through your challenges, saying:” I have overcome the world for you, I have gone through all kinds of temptations and I have overcome; come unto me and I will be your friend, partner, counselor, provider, protector, healer and deliverer, I will give you rest.” Won’t you give him a chance? I can assure you that He is reliable, dependable and trustworthy; He will never leave you nor forsake you!
I understand that because of our upbringing and other factors, it is difficult for us to stop worrying and being anxious, and what we are talking about is not like a switch you just push and suddenly it is done; but every time you feel anxiety, worry, stress in your heart, begin to meditate and focus on Jesus.
What you focus on is what becomes real to you. I mean if you focus on worrying, then that’s all you’ll be able to do; just worrying and no solution. If you focus on the impossibility of a situation or a problem then it’s going to become really impossible!! Your focus should be: that whatever you’re facing is possible is doable. So focus is very important. So therefore, consistently focus on not worrying and being at peace. Bottom line is what you focus on, is what you become.
We see in Matt 14:26-33 that as long as Peter focused on Jesus, he was able to walk on water but when he took his eyes off of Jesus, and as he saw the waters and the wind all around him, worry, anxiety and fear entered his heart and he began to sink.
When you take your eyes, your focus off of Jesus, you begin to be influenced by the environment around you, what the situation looks like!! So Pay any Price to keep Your Focus!
Say this Prayer with me: Lord Jesus Christ, Take more of me; take my worries, anxieties, fears, failures, and Give me more of you; more of your peace, love, patience and perseverance. Lord I believe, Give me rest!!! In your Holy name I ask, Amen!!!
Continue to meditate on this, ask Jesus to take more of you and give you more of Him; and as you do this the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart from worry, anxiety, stress, fear, etc.
If you said this prayer with me in faith, get ready for God intervention. Begin to get excited about your future and always remember that Jesus Loves You as He does for any of his disciples!! Shalom. I’d also encourage you to find a living church and attend the services, you’ll be glad you did
The Best Is Always Yet To Come!!
Song of today: The well by Casting Crowns