One of life’s most perplexing challenge is worry. The things we worry about are usually the things we can in most cases do nothing about. Most of our worries especially as christians oftentimes occur when we play God over our own situations. We either tempt God by acting against His instructions and then start to worry about the inevitable consequences of our actions or claim to trust, God will show up in our situations and yet fail to act in faith because we simply can’t figure out how He will make it happen. It’s even surprising that most of us fail to realize worrying is a sin because it is a clear disobedience to biblical instructions as the Bible is filled with several instances where as christians we are expressly commanded not to worry— Matthew 6:25-34, Luke 12:22-31, Philippians 4:6, John 14:1, 1Peter 5:7 etc. When we give way to worry, anxious care and concern, we are disobeying a specific command of Scripture given by God and we are displeasing Him.
Careful planning for our needs should however not be confused with worry. We should take responsibility and strategize within our limited capacity. Worry is the anxious care that comes from assuming a responsibility which we are incapable of discharging. Careful planning is our responsibility, worrying is taking God’s responsibility. We refuse to let God be God and muzzle His role in our situations. We forget that “except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it”- Psalm 127:1a. Like my friend would say, we try to solve the supernatural with the physical.
Philippians 4:6 [Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God] is one scripture that instructs us not to worry and also recommends antidotes to the worry problem. Rather than worry, we are to go on our knees and pour out our hearts in prayers. We are to cast all our anxieties, all our worries, all our concerns, once and for all on Him and Him alone and let Him do that which only He can do. We should exercise our absolute faith in God’s omnipotence by thanking Him in advance for answered prayers! Faith is key. It is worry’s greatest antidote because it places everything beyond our limited capacity at the foot of the cross and acknowledge God’s capability to make all things work together for our good!