To worry for something we think we can’t resolve or eliminate immediately is natural to us humans especially if people who are dear to us are affected. But did you know that from worrying, sin may arise? For instance, worry keeps us away from God and prevents us from enjoying God’s blessings. Thus, it violates God’s command of keeping the Sabbath holy (meaning being at rest with God). When we worry, we spend much of our time on things that we think can ease our worries to the point of neglecting our time with the Lord. And that violates again God’s command,
“You shall have no other gods but me.”
An idol is anything or anyone that is in competition with God. Worrying practically begets a sin, and God doesn’t want us to engage in it because of its detrimental effects.
The third reason why God doesn’t want us to worry is when we worry we don’t exercise faith. We may be thinking that when we worry we are exercising little faith but little faith is no faith at all. And when we have a little faith, we are not trusting God. If we are not trusting God, it is tantamount to forgetting God.
In one of the devotionals, I read about worrying, the author, John McArthur, concluded that worry strikes a blow at the person and character of God. When we worry, we don’t exercise faith and we forget God being God. God has a reminder to those who forget who He is,
“Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you: Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation” (Ps. 50:22-23).
While the psalmist talks about offerings that honor God and salvation for the blameless, it is apparent that there are those who forget God, and He is not happy about it.
The antidote to worrying is faith and trust unto the Lord. When we worry, we don’t trust God’s assurance of supplying our needs, His promise of being with us, and His ability to give a solution to our problems. We don’t exercise faith at all. But Psalm 37:3-5 encourages us to,
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act” (ESV).
When we trust God and delight ourselves unto Him, the promise is that He will give the desires of our heart and He will act. Let us trust God today, exercise our faith, and stop worrying.