Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6 NLT)
Someone once said “Worry is interest paid in advance for a debt you may never owe.” I had never thought of it in those terms before but the analogy is really quite a good one. Consider the interest that accrues on your credit cards or mortgage, things you actually have bought; the added charges mount up substantially over the months it takes to pay them off. Imagine paying those charges for no reason, not ever having made a purchase. Doesn’t make much sense does it? It would probably outrage you if your bank tried that, it would me. And yet we do the same thing with our worries and we do it to ourselves.
Jesus taught that we should give no care for what we eat or wear, only seek the Kingdom of God and all the other stuff will be taken care. He said that today, this very day, held enough to be busied with, to give no thought to tomorrow but take care of what needs to be done today. (Of course I’m paraphrasing Him here.)
Clearly, the Bible teaches us that God will provide for us. We only need to be about our Father’s business, laying up treasures in Heaven. Are you as guilty as I am of paying interest on debts yet made? The next time you feel or see that you are take it to God in prayer and put your energy into something productive for the Lord.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I can’t believe the hype generated by the H1N1 virus. I was recently informed about a speaker in our area that is telling folks that the swine flu is part of prophetic fulfillment of Revelation. I believe this type of thing is pure scare-mongering and is leading to more worry and anxiety than is due. I can’t help but wonder if ‘speaker’ such as this are only promoting an agenda: Their wallet.
I wrote an article about H1N1 that I think addresses some of the hype and also some real facts about it and how to minimize the spread of the virus. It can be read online at: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/swine-flu-pandemic-or-panic-demic/.
It appalls me that our churches are being used as a forum to spread fear. And it saddens me that folks unwittingly are being taken in by these kinds of people. I implore you, when you hear a teaching, search the Scriptures for yourself and see if it lines up with God’s Word or if it is being distorted into another message.
In the current state of the economy, the geopolitical environment and the many crises we face in our nation it is no wonder a new disorder has been ‘discovered’: generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD. And we have not even touched on the multitude of things in our personal lives that we worry and fret over. We are a culture of worry-warts.
Worrying is not something that is productive or healthy. Anxiety leads to depression, high blood pressure, respiratory aliments, nausea and many other problems. And Scripture teaches we ought not to do it (Phi. 4:6, Luke 12:6-7). And we have the assurance that God will give us the grace we need to face anything (Heb. 4:16). When we have done what we can about a situation, there comes a point when we need to just turn it over to God and let Him handle it. And then just trust Him will all of your heart and let Him have His way.
1 Peter 5:6-7
6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
I know it is not Your will we worry and be anxious over things but to bring them to You. I pray to know when that it is time to turn my anxieties over to You and for the strength and courage to do it.