Stop Being Uneasy About Your Life (The Waste of Worry)

“Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matt. 6:32-33 NLT)

When my journey through chronic pain began over 8 years ago, I can’t think of any one thing that affected my life more than anxiety and worry. I began to obsess about what might happen; “If I hurt this much now, what will things be like a year from now? Five years from now? Ten years from now?” Of course this thinking did absolutely nothing to ease my suffering; it just brought the possible future suffering into the present, adding to my misery and further deepening the gathering black clouds of depression.

One of the things the Bible says most is “Do not fear.” It’s not just good advice; it’s God’s words to us as we face so many scary unknowns in this life. I’d love to stand before you today and say I’ve conquered this monster, but in just the past week I’ve seen just how tight a grip fear can still have on my life. Up, down, up down - but in Christ and slowly but surely moving towards him.

Max Lucado has some great words about fear and anxiety in his devotional “Stop Being Uneasy About Your Life.” He starts by stating:

Worry has more questions than answers, more work than energy, and thinks often about giving up. Not enough time, luck, credit, wisdom, intelligence. We’re running out of everything, it seems, and so we worry. But worry doesn’t work.

Is there room for legitimate concerns about our various responsibilities in life? Absolutely! Thinking about this life isn’t the problem; Max says this is: Jesus doesn’t condemn legitimate concern for responsibilities but rather the continuous mind-set that dismisses God’s presence.

When our worries cause us to believe God is absent, then we have a big problem. (I can personally attest to this!) Our help and hope comes from Jesus himself, who in Matthew 6:32-33 says this:

Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matt. 6:32-33 NLT)

If you struggle with worry like I do, let’s join together as brothers and sisters in Christ and help point each other to the cure for our worry - Jesus.