I begin this topic from a “worriers” point of view and based on what God’s word tells us about worrying. Certainly, I do not do this in a braggadocious manner, but with a very humble heart about what God has taught me and is still teaching me about worry.
Are there any “worriers” out there that might be able to relate to worry?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5 & 6 (NLT)
In these verses, there is a term that is mentioned four times. Yes, my friends, four times. Your, Your, You, and You! Is Solomon, in his wisdom, trying to convey a much-needed message to us as believers? As I have studied these verses multiple times, I would say a big hearty yes to that question.
When my story with Jesus began, I believe if I had fully understood the meaning of these verses, how very different life might have been. God will keep us on the right track if we give Him a chance. He knows what lies ahead…we do not.
God needs to be included in every decision we make so that He helps us to arrive at the right solution. The world would have us believe we can and should handle whatever comes our way, but that is not what the word of God tells us.
As His child, we are to put our trust in Him instead of the world. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7 (ESV). Trust in God with all our hearts and do not lean or depend on what we know. The only way we can do this (trust) is when we know Him personally and how He works on our behalf.
Is worrying a sin?
Jesus says not to worry when He explains why we should fret less. Our heavenly Father knows our needs, and if He knows our needs, He will take care of us. In Philippians 4:6-7, we find reasons why we should not worry. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”(NLT). Another translation says, “Be anxious for nothing.”
The phrase in Proverbs 3:5 clearly states, “do not depend or lean on your own understanding.” Does anyone else have an issue of wanting to be in control? Psalm 46:10(NASB) says, “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” We often look at the world as our own little family church. God looks at the whole. That is why we cannot lean on our understanding.
God will not always turn the storm away. He will keep us in the storm, and while circumstances may not change, He gives grace in the circumstances.
God will keep us on the right track if we give Him a chance. He knows what lies ahead…we do not. God needs to be included in every decision we make so that He helps us to arrive at the correct solution. The world would have us believe we can and should handle whatever comes our way, but that is not what the word of God tells us.
As His child, we are to put our trust in Him instead of the world. Letting go of what we think and what we want is a daily challenge as we allow God to show us His truths. We can spend our days leaning on our own understanding, but I find that to be exhausting.
So as verse 6 says, “He will show you which paths to take.” Again, He may not remove all obstacles but will “direct our paths” around them or give us the grace to bear them.
“The steadfast of mind you will keep in perfect peace because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4 (NASB).
We should always involve God in everything we say, do, and how we live. Another translation of the above verse uses the word “acknowledge” Him in all our ways. As a Christian, our lives should be surrendered to the Lord. Our lives should be a reflection of God’s ways.
Every day is unique. God never promised us tomorrow, so why waste time with worry. Let’s allow the words of Jesus to echo in our ears continually. “Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34(ESV). God will make sure our strength meets the requirements of each day. His grace is sufficient. The portion He gives us is always adequate.
Is worry a sin? Accepting God’s word to be true and infallible, if we are doing anything that goes against His word, we can say worry is a sin. God wants us to be free from worry, anxiety, and fear because these emotions distract us from God.
In our efforts to have a better relationship with God, let’s do as His word says….Choose faith over worry. Psalms 118:24(NIV) states it best, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Because He Lives, I do not need to worry. I can face whatever life brings with Jesus by my side. I know Jesus will see me through whatever storm I am facing, and therefore, I do not need to worry.
Today’s guest post is by Ms. Peggy Egeland, a dear and sweet CCC Sister. For those who struggle with Worry, her post is sure to inspire you to reconsider your relationship with worry. She encourages us to choose faith over worry.
Bio: Ms. Peggy Egeland is an Ambassador Christ. She is also a 2020 graduate of the Christian Communicator Conference. She is a writer, encourager, teacher, and facilitator of ladies’ Bible studies. She also writes for Kids Hope Devotionals at her church. When she is not writing Peggy enjoys serving as a mentor with Kids Hope USA. Connect with Peggy: email@example.com