The Courage Not to Worry
Worry is a verb. The definition is “to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.”
How many times have I done this? How many days and nights have I tormented myself with disturbing thoughts? We’ve all been there. We’ve made a choice to live out every possible scenario we can imagine and then fret because of one more “what if” that comes to us in the middle of a normal daily task.
- What if he/she lied to me?
- What if I’m not smart enough to do this job?
- What if the economy tanks even more?
- What if people are talking about me and laughing at me behind my back?
- What if I’m never good enough for my spouse?
- What if I can’t find a job?
- What if I can’t have a baby?
What’s the common denominator in this list of worries? The focus is on the worrier.While worry keeps me focused on me, worship keeps my focus on God. And God has unlimited power and wisdom. He is for me and He is for you. He is more loving, protective, merciful and giving than any parent could dream of being. His resources are unlimited. He is the reason we are alive and He has a good plan for our future.
So when I choose to worry, what does that say about how I perceive God? Or does it say that I just can’t think about God, because my brain is stuck in the worry gear?
Bad things happen. Storms come into our lives literally and figuratively. Is it possible to go through those storms and still say “it is well with my soul”? How do you get the courage to release worry and enjoy the peace that passes understanding?
The Bible gives us the following instructions regarding worry:
- But whoever listens to me will live without worry and will be free from the dread of disaster. Proverbs 1:33
- So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? Matthew 6:25
- Can any of you add a single hour to your life by worrying. Matthew 6:27
In 2 Kings chapter four, the Shulamite woman goes through many trials including the sudden death of her son. As soon as her son dies, she leaves the house to find the prophet Elisha to do something about it. Elisha sees her coming and sends someone to find out if something is wrong with her, her husband or their child. How does she respond? “It is well“. Some translations say “everything is fine”. How could she possibly say that when her son was dead?
She had faith in God. She knew her son was a gift from God. She knew God. And she was bold to go to Him (or His representative Elisha) with her pain and for His Help. Read this incredible account of faith here.
Is it well with your soul? Regardless of what comes your way, can you say “everything is fine!” If not, you can ask God to help you create a new response to life’s trials instead of worry. Invite the power of His name to invade the habits of your mind and transform you by the power of His Word. Study His Word and learn His character.
Be courageous enough not to worry! It beats tormenting your mind any day!
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.