Worrying feels bad. Being in a state of worry, feels bad . . . But it can feel kind of good, too, huh? I mean, if there’s something we can’t change, or something we can’t figure out—at least we can worry. When there’s nothing else we can do about a problem, about our hardship or struggle, if we worry, we can feel like we are doing something. So, it can feel like problem-solving. It can feel responsible, productive even.
But worry isn’t good. It isn’t responsible. It isn’t productive. It isn’t helpful at all. According to Jesus, worrying “actually subtracts from your life.” That’s from Luke chapter 12, verse 26. Worry crowds out joy and peace and relationship. Worry is hard on our hearts, hard on our minds, and hard on our bodies. And it’s never what makes our problems go away.
Worry isn’t responsible, it’s irresponsible. It’s an act of pride, of seeking control. It is the exact opposite of what God counsels us and invites us to do. Addressing one particular type of problem we tend to worry about, Jesus says, “People everywhere seem to worry about making a living, but your heavenly Father knows your every need and will take care of you. Each and every day he will supply your needs as you seek his kingdom passionately, above all else.” That’s Luke chapter 12, verses 30 and 31.
In this episode, Holy Spirit speaks to us about how easy it is to let worry become a habit—a coping mechanism we turn to, to help us “get through a day”—turning problems over and over and around in our minds, rather than surrendering them to God. But when we do that, we do the most irresponsible thing we can do. When we fail to pray, fail to trust, fail to surrender, we fail to tap into the most powerful force for good and love and restoration in all the universe. And, instead, we rely on our own power—which, in these situations, is no power, at all. We carry burdens we were never meant to bear. We try to be our own little gods.
But the one true God is counseling us and inviting us, in his kindness, to turn toward His outrageous love—and to let Him help; to let Him bring wisdom and different interpretation.
Do you want to be free from all worry and anxiety? Listen here.