IF YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING THIS IS A
CONDITION THAT YOU ARE PROBABLY
PROBABLY YOU'VE READ BOOKS ON
THE SUBJECT, MAYBE EVEN GONE TO
A PSYCHIATRIST OR
PSYCHOLOGIST TO GET HELP.
MAYBE YOU'VE DEVELOPED SOME
TRICKS AND TECHNIQUES TO "GET
YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT".
SOME PEOPLE UNDERTAKE ANY
NUMBER OF NEW AGE THERAPIES IN
ORDER TO GET PEACE OF MIND.
But when we look into the Bible we are
able to see the how, when, where and
why of worry.
By the end of t his paper , you will understand:
1. Where worry comes from
2. What causes worry
3. What worry actually is
4. What to do about it
"Giving thanks always for all things unto
God and the Father in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:20)
THE ORIGINAL BUNCH OF WORRIERS - WHO WERE THEY?
"But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust ...neither be ye idolators.... neither let us commit fornication ...neither let us tempt Christ ... neither murmur ye ...Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition..."
(1 Corinthinians 10:5-11)
Moses led God's people out of Egypt and in what should have been at most a journey of two weeks, turned into a major excursion of forty years.
As soon as they were out of Egypt, they started complaining about lack of water, not enough food, too much food, not enough meat, too much meat, not enough fruit and vegetables as they had in Egypt like the leeks, garlic, melons and so it went on.
WHY DID THEY ACT LIKE THIS?
Put yourself in their place and you could imagine what it would be like. You're part of a race of people that had been enslaved for several generations and suddenly you find yourself thrust out into an inhospitable desert about to make a journey to the Promised Land that God had promised you.
After the initial euphoria has subsided you are suddenly faced with the necessities of living - like food, water, shelter and needing protection from surrounding warlike nations.
WHAT WAS GOD'S PURPOSE IN ALL OF THIS?
"... the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, TO HUMBLE THEE,
and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no."(Deuteronomy 8:2)
There we have it! God's purpose was to humble them to determine what was in their hearts. And what was in their hearts? Murmuring, complaining, fear, idolatry, tempting, fornication, lust.
Of course when pushed they would still have said that they trusted God but were fearful that He couldn't look after their needs. Out of their fear came worry and out of their worry came all their other sins.
WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF THEIR WORRY?
FEAR THAT GOD COULDN'T PROVIDE
WHAT WAS THE RESULT?
God let them wander around in the desert
for forty years till a certain number of
them had died off.
NOW, WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF
WHY DO YOU WORRY SO MUCH?
WHY DOES WORRY GET OUT OF
CONTROL IN YOUR LIFE?
It is the fear that you are on your own and that God couldn't possibly be looking after you. It is the fear that unless you take action to get this, get that job, make that money, get that promotion, have that house/ fire/ car/ personal/ dental/ hospital insurance, take that holiday, private education for the children, contribute to your superannuation etc. (and the list goes on), your life will go down the drain.
It is a fear that you won't have enough. It is the fear of what someone will do to you, it is a fear of heights, it is a fear of crowds, it is a fear of being alone.
Modern psychiatric manuals have literally hundreds of fears categorized and they are called phobias and neuroses.
WHAT IS BEHIND THE FEAR?
ANSWER: Lack - and that you won't get
what you want!
WHAT IS THE END RESULT OF WORRY?
Mental institutions are choc-o-block with people who worried and had breakdowns.
Jails are full of people who worried and thought they'd take matters into their own hands.
Old People's Homes are overrun with old people who worry.
People who rent are worried that they'll never own their own home.
WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT FEAR AND WORRY?
The Bible says that worry is a sin "...for whatsoever is not of faith is sin."
"For God hath not given us the spirit of
fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1: 7)
WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT WORRYING?
The Bible says:
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you."
(1 Peter 4: 12)
"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."(1 Peter 5:7)
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye maybe perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
(James 1: 2- 4)
... in thy presence is fulness of joy ..."
"But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good ..."
"Do all things without murmurings and disputings." (Philippians 2:14)
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again l say, Rejoice." (Philippians 4:4)
"And we know
that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them
who are the called according to his purpose."
When we don't obey the above Scriptures we are sinning by disobeying God and we say to Him that we know better!
1. Worry comes from fear.
2. Fear comes from not trusting God.
3. Therefore worry is a sin because we don't trust that God can take care of us.
4. Anything that is not of faith is a sin therefore worry is sin.
5.Worry as a sin needs to be repented of before God.
6.Put into practice God's word about what He says to do with cares and worry.
NOW YOU MAY NOT BE A CHRISTIAN
If you're not a Christian because you have
not trusted Jesus Christ alone for salvation,
you are doomed to helping yourself with
your worry problem e.g. Transcendental Meditation, Rosary beads, Buddhist retreats, alcohol to get relief, extramarital affairs, more holidays and the list
just goes on and on and on.
IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN
Why does God put you in situations?
You can take Deuteronomy 8:2 and apply it to yourself: "... the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, TO HUMBLE THEE, and to prove thee, TO KNOW WHAT WAS lN THlNE HEART, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no."
Dear Christian, what's in your heart? God's in the humbling business and He will develop the fruits of the Spirit in you.
How quickly that happens is up to you.
All your huffing and puffing, groaning and moaning, fear and worry won't shift Him one inch. (By the way, there is such a thing as a prayer of unbelief whereby you just keep hammering God like He hasn't heard you. God can make you "tread water" for as long as He wants!)
By Harley Hitchcock