By: Randy Case Jr.
Worry is one of the most counterproductive things a Christian can do. It will quickly take the joy that we are commanded to have out of our lives. Anxiety has three elements-insecurity, helplessness, and isolation. A study at the University of Wisconsin indicated that humans worry about things that’ll never happen 40% of the time, things in the past 30%, petty worries 22% and legitimate things 8% of the time.
A Christian must trust in God. At times, we may feel insecure, but in reality we are very secure. We shouldn’t be afraid of sudden fear or the onslaught of the wicked, for the LORD is our confidence (Proverbs 3:25-26). We may feel helpless, but we have the Creator helping. If God is for us, who is against us (Romans 8:31)? We may feel isolated, but God is always by our side if we remain faithful. We need to confidently say the LORD is my helper, I will not be afraid (Hebrews 13:6). We must have complete confidence in God and not let our heart be troubled (John 14:1).
The more we read Scripture, the more we learn of God’s infinite power and His concern for His faithful followers. We are told to cast ALL our anxieties upon Him because He cares for us (1 Peter5:7). Because of this concern for us, God will hear our prayers if we ask it according to His will (1 John 5:14). Prayer is a spiritual blessing that we should persistently seek.
Aside from having an unwavering trust in God, we have a peace of mind that God has promised us. We are commanded to have this peace, a peace knowing that no matters what happens on this earth we have that great hope of heaven. This peace of mind that passes all understanding will guard our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7). The peace of mind doesn’t depend on solving all problems and righting all wrongs. We must learn to let go of some problems and allow God to be in charge of them. We should focus on the good cares and minimize the unnecessary ones. The worry of this life can choke the word causing it to be useless in us (Matthew 13:22). The kingdom of God and His righteousness should be our main concern (Matthew 6:33). Our lives need to be lived one day at a time, not worrying about what tomorrow will bring (Matthew 6:34), because tomorrow may never get here. Therefore, we must remain focused on the present day utilizing it for the Lord.
Learning contentment helps to minimize worry also. Paul said that he learned to be content in whatever circumstance of life noting that through Christ he could do all things (Philippians 4:11, 13). If anyone had reason to be anxious, it was Paul. His friends were disagreeing with one another, there were those in Rome preaching out of envy and strife who were out to get Paul and he was under house arrest awaiting trial. Yet Paul wrote in Philippians 4:4, “rejoice in the Lord always.”
Our Heavenly Father knows what we need, we just need to pray and cast our cares on Him while continually seeking Him first. And we must rejoice in all the spiritual blessing God richly bestows upon us.