What are you afraid of?
Most have a fear, phobia or neurosis: spiders, snakes, heights, tight spaces, going broke;
What are you worried about? It’s a slightly different question: Finances, health, unemployment , situations, relationships, it can be endless. So what’s the problem with worry? Let’s define.
Worry: “to fret, be anxious, overwhelmed, even paralyzed”
Wyrgan: Old English “to strangle”
Merizo: Greek “to be drawn different directions, divided, distracted”
So, paralyzed, strangled, drawn and quartered pretty much sums it up.
You are probably neck-deep into worry if it’s the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you think about at night, when it’s your constant topic, and when you’re wide awake at 4am, and when you’re not thinking about it… you’re worried that you’re worried… or worried that you’re not worried.
What we worry about can be, or become a little false god or idol in our life. Jesus said “No one can serve two masters” False god’s love for you to worry. Father-God does not.
One of the biggest challenges in the life of a disciple is the willingness to develop trust, reliance, and dependence on God. This is our primary aim and goal, yet it is an uncomfortable one at times. He truly doesn’t want us to worry but to live life to the full! Instead of any false god that ultimately cannot deliver and cannot satisfy, He wants us to “Seek first the kingdom of God”. If…
“WORRY is an indication that we think God cannot look after us…”
~ Oswald Chambers
“No Grand Inquisitor has in readiness such terrible tortures as anxiety…”
~ Soren Kierkegaard
Then Jesus instructed us not to worry because He has more for us than that. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33 nlt)