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Worry is Not the Way, Christ is the Answer

By James Washington | 3/7/2014, 6 a.m.

If you’re anything like me (and I wouldn’t wish that on anybody), worry creeps into your psyche when the world starts to close in. Money, relationships, illness, envy, pride all rise to the level of something to worry about. I can sometimes forget that worry is not supposed to have standing in the kingdom. Some have even told me worry is a sin. No matter how hard I try, I find myself worrying about things that I have literally no control over. Be it family, friends, or circumstance, the tendency is to worry as if worrying by itself is going to make a difference and actually improve the situation. Like I have told anyone who will listen to me, this is a continuing education process, this Christian thing and trust me, I’m doing the best I can.

Scripture says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:27. As a wannabe good student, I first must internalize this because life constantly gives me pop quizzes and make up exams to test my beliefs, if not my very faith. I have to constantly remind myself that the answer to this worry thing has already been given to me. Rather than worry, all one needs to do is to rely on the truth that is Jesus Christ. That simple truth is because I am a believer in Him, these issues that I let trap me have been dealt with by Him through His sacrifice on the cross. Trust! Don’t fret. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all things will be given you as well.” Matthew 6:33. Now here it is in the very next line. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

From a student’s perspective, I get it. The problem has an answer. This is grade school stuff. However, these exams and quizzes still cause me undue anxiety. Now my professor (God) keeps reminding me that I know this lesson and I know it well. Just go take the test. “Do not be anxious about everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6. It’s called let go and let God. I find that when I am consciously able to do this, and do it enough, it’s becomes habit forming and this habit is one I can get used to. You see I’m a hands-on kind of student. You can’t tell me. You’ve got to show me. Biblical demonstration coupled with reinforced repetition clarifies a lot for me. You may have already gotten this but I need to get out of my own way sometimes and quit trying to figure things out on my own. I find it often to be a recipe for personal failure. There’s a truth at play here for me. Let God figure into all of my decision making and follow what is revealed to me. I have a dear friend who calls this ‘guided decision-making.’

You know how it works. To put it simply and clearly, stop, think and pray. Hand it over. Let it go. Worry wastes time; yours and God’s. Your battles be they many or few should be reminders that the war has been won. “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”1 John 2:17.

May God bless and keep you always…