24 – Worry Is NOT Your Friend
Don’t let worry weigh you down. Instead, stop it in its tracks. Don’t think it’s possible? Think again. These simple truths and practical tips will equip you to turn away from worry and rest in the truth that you have Someone on your side who is bigger and stronger than any worry you face.
Worry Is a Parched Place
- Rest in inner nourishment for outer circumstances.
“5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord. 6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. 7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. 8 They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.
- Rest in a better picture of who God is and how much He cares for us.
“What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. 7 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”
- Replace questioning God’s commitment to us with a commitment to patience and steadfastness.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
- Replace devaluing God’s power with awe for God.
“For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse.”
“When the grandeur of God is not in our eyes and filling our hearts, we will live as if it is all up to us, always working more and trying harder.” Paul David Tripp, in the book Awe.
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