“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matthew 6:27
Worry is a deceitful sin just like his brothers. When a porn addict tries to quit the appeal of just one more video or picture can drag the addict back in. The appeal of one more drink or awesome night of fun has chained down many drunkards. And so, the appeal of just one more thing to be stressed about comes and entices the heart prone to disbelief.
How many times have you experienced paralyzing fear over something only to never have to face that particular fear? Perhaps your company announces lay-offs and you start to lose sleep every night only in the end to keep your job. Maybe there is an upcoming confrontation in your life that can no longer be avoided. You pant and sigh and wonder how you will deal with the situation only to find that you made a mountain out of a mole-hill.
I have found this a quite common theme in my battle with sinful worry. Much of the time my fears are just exaggerated by my own mind. I have found that in my worry I am quite skilled in turning kittens into lions.
Worry is often the fruit of inward idolatry. A lot of the time it has more to do with obsession as opposed to genuine concern. It is by nature a fetish that our minds will not let go. It is because at the root we like worry.
I often feel that when I worry and over stress that is when I get the most work done. Worry actually comes with a deceitful promise like all other sins. It says, “Serve me and I will make this problem disappear.” We often buy in and find that at the end of every worry empowered energetic drive to attack our problems there is always another thing to worry about.
Jesus is a better Master. He says:
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30)
What Jesus offers is true rest in the reality that He is God and He is sovereign.
Dear friend, would you repent of your constant worrying? Will you leave your lust for control behind you? Will you turn from finding power in constant worry and doubt and trust in the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ? Ultimately you will always find sin promises more than it will ever deliver. Christ is the truth and He gives eternal life to all who believe in His name. Trust in Him.
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