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Worry – a blog post

January 26, 2018

One of the big storylines in American culture today is the rise of prescription drug usage. People, for ages, have been looking for ways to “escape”, ways to take their minds off of circumstances they are in, or to “go to a different place” in their minds. Pills are sneaky because often the addiction begins with a prescription given for a specific medical condition, then the person gets addicted to the feeling that they get and then they develop an actual addiction to the drug. Alcohol is another one that is sneaky – people feel they can have a social drink once in a while and some then begin to use alcohol as medication to help them to cope with some issue they are dealing with.

So what leads people to these dangerous behaviors? After all, nobody sets out to become addicted to anything, nor do they, in their right minds, think that what they are doing is necessarily healthy or ideal.

The everyday problems that we all deal with can pile up on us before we realize it – anxiety, worry, stress, depression, panic attacks, fear, self-esteem issues, current or past abuse – all of these are harmful to us in many ways. If we don’t manage how we deal with those issues, they can overtake us, or tempt us to turn to one of these so-called “escape” mechanisms to deal with it.

There are people all around us, and maybe some of you, who are beat-down, discouraged, angry, frustrated, defeated, lonely, carrying baggage from past experiences or relationships, or dealing with abuse.

From the beginning of time, God has known that His children would be dealing with things much bigger than themselves. He has known that we would sometimes make choices that would lead us into difficult circumstances. He has known that, at times, we would be thrust into situations that would challenge and even overwhelm us. He has given us His Word as the prescription, as the antidote, as the recipe for healing.

Matthew 6:25-34 is Jesus words during the midst of the Sermon on the Mount. He is telling His children not to be anxious, not to worry, not to fret over things that are not ours to begin with. Scripture is clear that God owns it all, so if He loves us (and He does), He will see to it that our needs are met (and then some). He gives example of the birds, who don’t gather many days worth of food – they gather what is needed for that time. He gives example of the flowers, who respond to the nourishment and love that God gives. If He cares for the birds and the flowers to this extend, how much more would He take care of man, the crown of His creation?

He tell us not to be anxious for our life – translated from the Greek word Psyche – which means all of life. All of life encompasses our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual life. If everything belongs to Him, then we should trust Him to take care of it, right?

Surrendering is hard. Not worrying is sometimes hard… but yet it really isn’t. Life is hard, Jesus is not.

Some of you may say that you are not a worrier, and others of you would identify as such. Still, I think we can all take something from these five realities about worry:

  1. Worry is unhealthy – it weakens the body – our appearance and our health is compromised when stress, anxiety and worry begin to take root. Plus, our minds can be so captivated that it wears us down.
  2. Worry is unfaithful – God owns it all, so when we worry about things that don’t belong to us anyway, we are saying we don’t trust God to handle them.
  3. Worry is unnecessary – You never see a bird with a pantry, a fish with a fridge or a pig at the grocery store – God provides for them. He provides for us too. Our responsibility is to be obedient.
  4. Worry is unreasonable – Worry is inconsistent with faith – if we are going to have faith, we can’t worry and vice-versa.
  5. Worry is unwise – the passage tells us that tomorrow will take care of itself. God’s love never ceases, his mercies are unending, is faithfulness is great. He knows the plans He has for us, and we can trust Him.

The remedy is found in verse 33 – seek His Kingdom – let’s lose ourselves in obedience to God and He will reveal Himself. Seek His righteousness – as we become more like Christ, we will find that our reasons for anxiety are much more manageable. Seek Christ – if we are pursuing Christ with our full passion – we may discover that our worries don’t seem quite as frightening.

Blessed,

Tony Watson
Pastor
First Baptist Church – Palestine, TX

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