– Lee Robertson
Worry Is Useless
When we worry about our needs, we are telling God that we don’t trust Him to provide for us. We may not say it with words, but our actions tell Him this. God knows our heart. He understands why we worry, but it’s simply a lack of trust in God’s promise that he will provide for our every need if only we seek Him first (Matthew 6:33). Jesus asked, “Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life” (Matthew 6:27)? In fact, worry can only shorten our life span; so let’s dump the worry and put our trust in God.
Worry Is a Burden
Worry is a lack of trust in God, but it’s also true that “anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down but a good word makes him glad” (Proverbs 12:25). Since “God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith” (Matthew 6:30)? When worry comes, read the precious promises of God.
Worry, the Opposite of Trust
If I told you that I love to fly, I’d be lying because there are so many more things that could go wrong in a jet than a car; but it’s actually more dangerous to drive a car than it is to fly in a jet. There are so many fail-safe systems in aircraft and warning systems that can see trouble coming before it gets here; but in a car, you never know what’s going to happen in the very next second. Worry is the opposite of trust. If I trust the airline pilots and the jet aircraft, it shows I have few, if any, worries about flying.
Worry Focuses on Self
Believe it or not, when we worry, we are focusing on ourselves and the circumstances and not on God. When we are anxious about things in our lives, we are taking our eyes off of God. That never turns out well because we are telling God, “God, I’d rather handle this myself than to let go of my worry and place them at Your feet.” Worry is self-focused, but trust looks outward to a good and benevolent God.
Worry is so easy to do. It’s hard to trust when we see with our eyes everything crashing down around us, but God is worthy of our trust and has a history of doing the impossible. So try to remember what Lee Robertson said: “The person who worries reveals his lack of trust in God.”