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Is It Okay To Worry?

January 16, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Worry 1In order to spend more time on other writing and editing projects, I’ve had to be absent from my blog for a few months. However, yesterday, after being convicted about my tendency to worry, I decided to take the time and share a few reflections about God’s command to live a worry-free life.

It’s true. God instructs  his followers to be free from worry and anxiety. Jesus said in Matthew 6:25, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life.”  Even though it’s worded a little differently each time, this command appears in all of the gospels. “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27.

Paul also teaches the worry-free life in his letters. “Do not be anxious about anything . . .” Philippians 4:6. The command itself is pretty clear, and, unlike some commands in Scripture, how to deal with worry is equally straightforward. Paul continues in Philippians 4:7, “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 your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Not surprisingly, Peter echoes Paul’s solution to worry in 1 Peter 5:6-7: “Humble yourselves . . . casting all your anxieties  upon him, for he cares for you.” The writer of Hebrews says we can be sure of his help when we are troubled. He writes, “So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear . . .” Hebrews 13:6.

By bringing our worries and cares to the Lord, we are rewarded with the strength and peace to deal with life’s inevitable anxieties. And, because God is always overflowing in his care for us, He promises to do this for us anew every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning . . .”

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  1. Bryan
    January 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    That is pretty clear isn’t it, but to rest there when we are in expectation of an answer concerning a crisis takes takes faith and often a reminder by a friend of God’s promises. Thanks

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    • January 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      You’re just sitting in God’s waiting room. We’re praying for you.

      Thanks for the comment.

      “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 mailto:luana@hisglorymyjoy.com and My Blogging Address

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  2. Chris Pilko
    January 17, 2014 at 5:47 am

    just what I needed this morning. LOVE YA

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    • January 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks, Chris. Good to hear from you.

      “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 mailto:luana@hisglorymyjoy.com and My Blogging Address

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  3. January 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you! I sooooo needed to read this today. I needed to be reminded not to pray with a closed fist and turn it all over to Him. 🙂

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    • January 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      This is hard for all of us, Michelle. So good to hear from you.

      “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 mailto:luana@hisglorymyjoy.com and My Blogging Address

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