Well, as I have worried the past few days about what to write about…I thought maybe I should write about that….worry….something I struggle with on a daily (maybe even hourly basis). So, selfishly, I am talking to myself today, but I hope that although these are probably all things we have heard before it will be a help to someone who may be struggling with the same thing that I am.
Three results of worry:
1. It shows the world our lack of faith in God- Psalm 5:11 says, “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: Let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them.” We have a responsibility to show the world that our God is good and loving, but how can they see that if all we show is a lack of faith in his control. This verse says that he is our defender and we can rejoice in that. This is not to say that our lives will be perfect. In fact, quite the opposite. 2 Tim 3:12 says “ …all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” We should expect this (if we are living a godly life) but even in these times of persecution we can rejoice and be worry free knowing that our faithful and steadfast God is in control of everything. What an awesome privilege we have as Christians! To know that we have a perfect God directing our paths (Prov. 3:5-6) He knows our past, present, future and has a PERFECT plan for us. He will carry out this plan in our life and give is the grace and strength to accept it (and not just accept it, but rejoice in it).
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2. It prevents us from living a fulfilling Christian life– As I said before, for me this is a daily struggle. I find that my most worrisome days come when I have neglected to spend time with my Best Friend. I Love my husband dearly and will always go to him for comfort and reassurance, but not even he can comfort me the way the Lord does. Worry is something that I have to confront daily with prayer and time in God’s Word. Phil. 4:13 tells us very specifically what we need to fill our minds with. When I get into worry mode, I need to return to this verse and “think on these things.” He WILL give us that peace that passes all understanding, if we will ask him and then let him change us through his word.
3. It effects our effectiveness as witnesses for Christ- If we spend the majority of our time worrying about everything, it leaves little room for spiritual growth and being an effective witness. That is our purpose in this life: to be a Christ-like example to the world. An impossible task when we are consumed with worry and anxiety. In fact, worry can help us come up with excuses not to be an effective witness (Amy spoke about this at the Summit) i.e. “this may be dangerous to my family” “they might make fun of us” “it’s too cold outside for door-to-door visitation, my kids might get sick” etc. In Philippians, Paul reminds us to “rejoice in the Lord alway” A daunting, but not unattainable task. Let me just say that I have seen this kind of joy in many of the women in our group and I thank you so much for your godly example of how we can have joy and peace right in the middle of persecution and hard times. You all are an inspiration to me!