WHAT? ME WORRY
Matt. 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
All of my life I had a huge problem with worry, actually my mom got me “nerve pills” when I was a kid. Really, nerve pills, you know; “mama’s little helper”? Remember, this was the sixties. I would worry about everything. I can even remember trying to remember what I was currently worrying about. It was a sick way to live. Thankfully, after my conversion, the Lord began to deal with this worry thing in my life, after all, He says that unbelief flows out of an evil heart. Worry comes from not knowing or acknowledging the Living God.
One of the ways the Lord dealt with me happened on a snow day while tree planting up in the mountains of Washington. When it snowed we couldn’t plant, we would be stuck in the tents at camp trying to deal with boredom. On one trip our spiritual overseer came up with an idea. He came up with giant cards with a scripture and a confession on each one. We had to read it out loud in our gathering and “confess” the scripture and apply it in our lives. You guessed it, mine said I will never again confess worry. The scripture was “Don’t worry about anything, but bring your requests to God with thanksgiving”. Wow, I was embarrassed and convicted but the Lord used this event to work change in my life. Martin Luther often spoke of faith, check out his thoughts about worry.
“The people of this world praise those who strive for wealth and possessions. Instead of seeing striving for wealth as a failure to trust God, they consider it a commendable virtue and a praiseworthy character trait. Take note of what it means to serve wealth. It means undue concern about the needs and necessities of life, such as worrying about what you will eat and what you will wear. In short, it means thinking only about this life and accumulating a large fortune under the mistaken notion that this life will go on forever. We don’t have to consider daily necessities, such as eating, drinking, and buying clothes, as serving and worshiping wealth. Purchasing and storing food are essential for life. The sin, however, is being concerned about daily necessities and setting our hearts on them as sources of comfort and security.”
That scripture card incident was a random event that God used in my life. The cards were given out by chance, the Lord selected the one I was to read. My first thought was that I had been set up, but that was impossible. This worry thing was only obvious to me because the Lord was dealing in my life. Today, He is still working on me. My natural tendency is to worry, that’s why I need to draw near to the Living God where all worries disappear.