This past week, my husband was reading a devotional for our family devotions about worry. It was so good, I asked him to go back and read a portion of it over.
I’m sure everyone has worried at some time in their life. There have been times in my life that I have worried. I probably worry some now as well; although, I feel like I am so busy that I have no time or energy to worry. I just do what needs to be done next. However, for when I am tempted to worry, here are four reasons not to worry found in the daily devotional book written by William MacDonald called One Day at a Time: 366 Soul-Stirring Daily Meditations. (His Believer’s Bible Commentary is my favorite one volume commentary.)
The following is quoted from page 30 of One Day at a Time.
Worry is unnecessary.
The Lord is looking out for us. He holds us in the palms of His hands. Nothing can happen to us apart from His permissive will. We are not the victims of blind chance, accidents, or fate. Our lives are planned, ordered, directed.
Worry is futile.
It never solves a problem or avoids a crisis. As someone has said, ‘Anxiety never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its strength.’
Worry is harmful.
Doctors are agreed that many of their patients’ ailments are caused by worry, tension, nerves. Ulcers rate high on the list of worry-related maladies.
Worry is sin.
‘It doubts the wisdom of God; it implies He doesn’t know what He is doing. It doubts the love of God; it says He doesn’t care. It doubts the power of God; it says He is not able to over come the circumstances that cause me to worry.’
If we truly believe that God is sovereign and in control, we will run to Him with our burdens and concerns instead of trying to do it in our own strength.
Instead of worrying, we should:
- Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. I Peter 5:7
- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Don’t worry; turn your problems over to God!
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