Do you know anyone who wraps himself or herself in worry; those whose wear the worry cloak and enjoy telling others how worried they are about this or that? They flutter about any given situation that carries the slightest negativity and use it for an occasion to fret—and they make sure you know how worried they are. Um, who is the focus really on?
We need to take heed lest we fall into that trap.
Which do you find more pleasing, a person who says they’re praying for you and does so, or someone who worries over you?
To my knowledge, worrying never accomplishes anything except give the worrier an ulcer. Like an ulcer, worrying eats away joy and gladness. It’s an ugly little critter. It creeps up and bites the unsuspecting, sapping God’s peace in their lives and the lives of those around them.
Worry is a lie. Its origins have to do with the deceiver.
Php 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Anxiety is the polar opposite of peace. It has more in common with the fires of hell and is a manifestation of unbelief. Sickness, joblessness, bills, marital distress, world events, etc., can turn our trust in God to worry in an instant. The faster we make a U-turn the better. When we focus on our circumstances, our vision is limited and we’re apt to stumble.
Looking heavenward and asking the Lord to give us His perspective clears our vision enabling us to walk by faith. But it’s still a choice. Let’s take that worry cloak and toss it by the wayside.
When we uncover the warts, the frog disappears…
Lord, help us to trust your plans and purposes for our lives and the lives of our loved ones and friends. I ask that you change our worry into praise for all you’ve done, and for who you are, Almighty God! Amen.