Worry is a familiar topic. It is an action that most of us have performed. Worry is a large topic. It is a problem that is too big to cover in one short note from the pastor’s desk (so I reserve the right to talk about it more in the future). Worry is an important topic. It is an issue that is effecting many saints. I want to make a few brief observations about worry and finish with a challenge.
First, worry begins with wondering. There are questions that cannot be answered with certainty. There is a lack of confidence about the future.
Second, worry produces conclusions. Although, nothing is known definitively, conclusions are still reached. We assume that we know how things will turn out.
Third, worry results in weakness and weariness. Worry is unhealthy (if not downright fatal) to faith. When worry is prevalent, understand that weakness and weariness will inevitably be present.
Jesus had something to say about worry. His words are not hard to understand. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life (Luke 12:22). Basically, He commanded them not to worry! This is Heaven’s instruction concerning worry-DON’T DO IT.
Of course, the Lord is compassionate and sympathetic to your needs. He is not, however, compassionate and sympathetic to your worry. He is not going to “nurse” your worry and He doesn’t want you to do that either!
Intolerance should be your approach to worry. Don’t put up with it. Don’t allow it to dictate your mind, emotions, or decisions.
Understand that Jesus was not being flippant when He gave that directive to His disciples. He was not advocating a careless approach to life’s responsibilities and necessities.
Instead, He was emphasizing the assurance that one of God’s should have concerning His ability and willingness to take care of them.
The child of God should arise and boldly declare, I will not worry because I know that God is going to take care of me!
Pastor Micah Perry