Worry is something that we all experience. We know what it is, we know what it feels like, but if someone asked us to give a definition of worry, would we be able to?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines worry this way: “to think about problems or fears; to feel or show fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen.”
Have you ever stopped to think about how silly it is to worry? When you are worrying, what are you doing? You are allowing yourself to focus on something bad that may or may not ever happen, instead of focusing on all the good things that surround you in life.
When you stop and think about it, worrying could be compared to sitting in a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but at the end of the day you are still sitting in the same place where you began. Worrying doesn’t change anything (except your mental state of mind)!
So stop worrying! Yet, that’s easier said than done, isn’t it?
God knows your heart. He knows how challenging it is to not worry. Therefore, he again and again gives us reasons why we need not worry. In 1 Peter 5:7 we read, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” How can you be sure that this is true? How can you be certain that God cares for you? In Romans 8:32 we are reminded of what God has done for us, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
What is the answer to dealing with worry? Redirect your focus. Stop focusing on the problems that may or may not happen! Instead, focus on how God has taken away your greatest problem. God sent his One and Only Son to willingly suffer and die the punishment you deserve for your sins.
If God loves you so much that he took care of your greatest problem, you know that you can trust that he will help you through whatever other troubles you may face in life. Therefore, follow his invitation! “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
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