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Worry & Stress

  

Worry and stress seem to be a constant adversary to the people of faith in the age in which we live.  We are concerned about our jobs, paying the bills, our relationships, our children, our churches, our fellowships, our vehicles, and more and more.  There is so much uncertainty in our world, especially in the United States, these days.  How do we fight against worrying like everyone else?

Here are some straightforward words from Francis Chan’s book “Crazy Love” (page 42):

“Worry implies that we don’t quite trust God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.

“Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace towards others, or our tight grip of control.

“Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it’s okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget that we’ve been forgiven, that our loves here are brief, that we are headed to a place where we won’t be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God’s strength, our problems are small, indeed.

“Why are we so quick to forget God? Who do we think we are?”

And Jesus says:

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?  27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?  28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,  29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.  30 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!  31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’  32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. [Matthew 6:25-34]

Be encouraged today that our God is faithful and knows what we have need of even before we ask (Matthew 6:8)!  Exalt Him in your heart and mind today, and not your problems, worries, or fears!  Lets put the time and energy that we spend on worry instead into seeking first His Kingdom!

3 Responses to “Worry & Stress”

  1. on 19 Jan 2012 at 12:38 pmTim (aka Antioch)

    As I read this and read Chan’s first statement ‘worry implies that we don’t trust God…’, I had a counter argument all built up. While I am a theist, I think there is a spectrum of theism. On the one extreme, the 0% theists, you are actually a deist. God really doesn’t interact with the world. On the other extreme, the 100% theists, God is involved in every detail each day.

    I put myself in the 10-20% theist range. I acknowledge miracles, but haven’t there been ‘better Christians’ than I who have had far more dire needs and they have not had their prayers answered? Why then would I expect God to answer my prayers when I am a ‘lesser Christian’ with lesser needs?

    But then I read the words from Jesus and who am I to argue with that? I have to increase my trust in God.

  2. on 19 Jan 2012 at 5:14 pmtimothy

    thank you Victor for such a profitable article. yesterday i turned 70 and am finally taking advantage of computer/internet for learning from our teachers in the word of GOD. this article will lead to much discourse for stimulating me and others to “renew their minds”. the first thought is to in-gauge retemorised scripture: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
    tim…our name in greek is timotheos….theist/theos. i looked at wikepedia for theist…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theism. monotheism, one GOD YAHWEH is what i believe. i never thought about leaving the a off of atheist although i know that in greek an a is import for understanding several basic concepts.
    pistia….believe
    apistia…not believe because never have heard
    peithia…fully persuaded
    apeithia..will not be persuaded(apathy)
    romans 8:
    38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

    39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  3. on 20 Jan 2012 at 8:22 amGeorge

    Lets Love God and Christ so big that we will not even have time for worry and fear,sure we have chores to do,I used to hate doing the laundry so I attacked it with the renewed laundry mind.While doing this hated chore I told myself how much better I will smell not only to my self but to others,Jessi was just a toddler so I would tell me self,she is a girl and girls want to feel pretty and clean and have soft things on that is when I learned about softener.The only thing worse then washing was ironing,so I hang everything even T-SHIRTS and I am cheap so I hang everthing till its almost dry and put it in my expensive dryer which has wrinkle- release perfecto!!! only problem overloading my laundry rod thinges wood broke so I bought a super heavy duty one I have broken it 3 times.Tonight I think I killed it,went on a weeks vacation and loaded her up well I think Chris and a tool box and prayer can not fix it this time.But I do Love doing laundry now.Well gotta shovel or maybe pull out the snow blower looks to be 4 or 5 inches in the woods of Mapleville.1-20-12 Love gw

  

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