Worrying is worthless! You probably know that already, but the question is, have you stopped worrying? What is it that right now you are worrying about? I’m reminding you and me of how useless and worthless it is to worry. So, whatever you are worrying about at this moment is a total waste of time. Casting all your anxieties on God, because he cares for you.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds. There is an underlying assumption by those who worry that they have at least some level of control over their circumstances which, in reality, only God has ultimate control over. There is something inside of them that knows that they are not in control and that they cannot control all that happens in their lives, but they sure want to be able to be in total control. They want to know, fully understand, and control all that is going on, that has gone on, and that will go on. They effectively want to usurp God’s position as sovereign, all-powerful, and all-knowing. It is not that they are seeking to replace God, for even this would worry them. But it is that they are struggling to abandon themselves and those whom they care about to God’s control. God is in control, and He does care. But those who worry struggle to believe that and appropriate it. Those who worry tend to mistrust God and have an overly-inflated view of their own ability to make their lives what they want them to be.
The promise of God is that He will not allow His children to beg for bread. He will care for our needs and that’s the promise you can claim. To surrender to God does not mean that we submit to fate as if we have no responsibility or choices to make in life. Many times our own difficulties are a result of our own making and irresponsible behavior. Nothing happens to us that is outside of God’s permissive will, and he is totally in control of our days. And because of who we are, we should not worry. Do you know how much energy it takes to worry? You are spending lots of emotional and mental energy when you’re in worry mode and has it ever done you one bit of good? No, of course not. Worrying is worthless! That’s a really good reason for any sensible person to just refuse to worry. So we must not worsen matters by not doing what God has already instructed us to do. We are not helpless beings, and we do have a will and a responsibility to act.
The road to freedom from worry is to trust God, to rest in His love, and to truly believe that He is able and that we are not. Will we let God take the controls of our lives today, knowing and believing that He can do it better than we can? If you are a real worrier, you can be sure people know it, because you talk about it, it shows on your face and body language, and it’s not particularly attractive. Remember, worrying is worthless, a total waste of your time, and it indicates you need to stop and check out why your worrying instead of trusting the Sovereign God, who is your Heavenly Father.