What Worrying Really Is.

But if 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? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘ What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ (Matthew 6:30-31).

“Worrying can have a negative effect on your health, making you tired, stressed, speed up the ageing process and sometimes more prone to depression…over a prolonged period of time, raised levels of these chemicals can start to have a toxic effect on the glands, nervous system and the heart, eventually leading to heart attacks, increased risk of stroke and stomach ulcers”.

The above is an excerpt from an online article; What Worrying Does To Your Health. Without doubt, worrying is dangerous to your health. But, as real as the health implications of worrying are, however, it is not the most important thing to know about worrying.

Here are three crucial facts about worrying you should know.

Worrying first and foremost is disobedience to God’s commands. The Bible clearly commands against worry and anxiety. Jesus in His sermon on the mount issued some imperatives against worrying: “Therefore I tell you,do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?…Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘ What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ (Matthew 6:25,31). These “do nots” are not suggestions or advice with the option to take heed or not to. They are commands! “Don’t!” If Christ says “don’t” and you do, it is simply disobedience. Look at worrying as disobedience and stop it.

Secondly, worrying is unbelief: “O you of little faith” . God has promised to take care of us. To worry is to not believe He is able to do what He says He will do. To worry is to take matters into our hands rather than leave them in the hands of God. Paul says “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil. 4:6). This is very instructive. Whatever will cause you worry and anxiety, Paul says bring it to God. Talk about it with God. And after you have done all that, “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, willguard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7). You see where the battle of worry and anxiety takes place? In your heart and mind. And God has promised to calm the storm of worry and anxiety if you will bring your worries to Him in prayer; “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1Peter 5:7).

Finally, worrying is sin. If you can’t trust God when He has asked you to, you can’t please Him because faith is the only way by which we can please God. Here is how worry works out: God says “fear not”. You say “I will fear”. God says “do not be anxious” You say “I will be anxious”. God says “cast your burdens upon me”. You say “no, thank you. I will carry my own burden”. That is exactly how worry and anxiety works. It is unbelief in God’s promises. And unbelief is sin.

If there is any motivation to stay away from worry and anxiety, let it not be your health but rather obedience to and faith in God.

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