Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight. Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live. – Psalm 119: 143-144 (NIV)
Scott leaned back in his chair and stared blankly at the calculator, he thought this would never happen. No matter how he worked the numbers, there wasn’t enough money left to pay the bills, pay his staff, and pay himself. The economy just couldn’t support the business any longer. After 60 years of doing business… the shop had reached it’s last month in business.
Depression and anxiety seeped into Scott’s life as he reflected on the legacy left by his father and grandfather. They worked hard to build a name, a life, and a reputation in the community. Now, Scott carried the guilt of failure into his home-life and church-life. He slowly began to withdraw from his friends. A powerful man of God… had been reduced to rubble, through worrying.
Allowing worries to overtake our confidence of God’s righteousness, truth, and understanding is destructive. Worry kills hope. Worry kills friendships. Worry turns us into different people. Worry erodes our Christian witness. Worry makes us weak. The ugly truth – worry is an indicator of our faith. The more shallow our faith, the more easily our worries overtake us, and rule us.
God tells us to approach Him with all things in prayer. He tells us that worry is useless and storing up treasures on this earth is wasted effort and time. Christ taught us how to move through worry. He said to to keep our eyes, our hope, and our hearts tied tightly to Him and His teachings.
Hear this: The circumstances around you right now, do not define who you are. They will pass away and you will remain – which makes you the stronger contender.
Remain focused… cling to God’s ways… don’t get wrapped up in worrying about fleeting problems. Take delight in the pursuit of God’s truth and never let go of His promises.
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP
Write down one “worry” on a piece of paper. Pray for God’s help to remove it. Throw away the paper.
PRAY: God, I don’t want to worry… but I do. I want to grab hold and hang on to your truth every day…but I don’t. Show me how to live with consistency and desire to pursue your truth. Give me the courage to let go of the things that I can’t control. Amen.