THE WORRY CLUB
I have a baby I want to birth into the world, very soon. And the whole logistics and technicalities in delivering it just drives me crazy.
“How am I going to make it? What am I going to do? Where will I get the money?” and last but not least, “God, are you there?”
Do these questions sound familiar to you? Are they perhaps, questions you’ve asked recently?
Then welcome to the club. I call it the Worry Club.
We’ve all been part of that club at some point in our lives. There are moments when bills need to be paid, but the money is nowhere to be found. Situations occur in our lives, and we have to make really tough decisions that affect everyone involved. Sometimes we don’t see that light at the end of the tunnel and we feel trapped.
The Worry Club always has a way of making you pay your dues even before you decide to discontinue your membership. You’ll pay through your emotions, your health, and spiritual well being. Anxiety and worry causes undue stress, not to mention a myriad of other negative things it does to your nervous system. By joining the club, you could end up be an emotional wreck, and spiritually depleted of your joy, energy, and enthusiasm for serving Christ.
So yesterday, I was just going through some stuff and replying mails from home and decided to clean by inbox a bit. I got to a mail that, sometime last year, made me whoop and hop for joy. I remembered that before I received that mail, I was sick with worry. I struggled through months, wondering what was happening. Why this particular project of mine was taking so long to click.
While I was worrying, God was working. The letter finally came. Oh, what joy! It came at the perfect time. It was not too late, not too early. Just on time. And He provided all the resources needed too. God is indeed faithful.
But in spite of God’s warning in 1 Peter 5:7 –give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you –I tend to hold onto my cares and worries instead of giving them to him.
I’ve bumped into many anxious situations in my lifetime, but I’ve learned to pass through them knowing God wasn’t the author. This enables me to view and respond to them differently. My circumstances are never out of control when God’s in control. Nor does God allow anything designed to arouse worry and anxiety. Satan is the troubler of my mind, emotions, and experiences. He knows he can’t steal my eternal security, so he attempts to rob my peace by sending a few trials and uncertainties. The proper response–even though I must continually remind myself, is to give my worries and cares to God. He cares for me; Satan doesn’t. When I respond properly to troubling situations, others are impressed, my light for Christ shines brightly, and my Faith explodes.
Yes, my Faith explodes. It is the only cure to worry, you know?
Ready to join the Faith Club? Well, hop aboard. Don’t worry, there’s no penalty for signing up too late, and the only dues you’ll pay will be the commitment you make to trust Christ for everything you will ever need in life. And the good thing about it is, membership to the Faith Club offers GREAT benefits, like peace of mind, joy, security, and strength to face the hard times. Additional perks and bonuses are also available.
Posted on January 29, 2015, in Dear Jesus and tagged Anxiety, Cares, Faith, Worry. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
Worry has a great way of stealing away our joy and peace at that moment but faith gives hope and assurances dat all will be well at last. Its always difficult settling between the two, but constantly remembering God’s promises and his faithfulness in the previous challenges helps to give up worry, knowing that he’s working it all out for u. Ps 84 :11: No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly. Nice write up Nebs, By Grace, am a great member of Faith club, cos without it, I cannot please God.
Well, God is willing to carry your anxieties the same way a donkey carries your baggage. One of the greatest things about the God of the Bible is that he commands us to let him work for us before commanding us to work for him. “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22). “Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save” (Isaiah 46:4). “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides thee, who works for those who wait for him (Isaiah 64:4).God wants to be a burden bearer because it demonstrates his power and puts him in a class by himself among the so-called gods of the universe. “No one has seen a God besides thee, who works for those who wait for him.” So throw the garments of your anxiety onto him. He wants to carry it.
For the Christian, even the worst trial is only temporary. Remember that truth, as you will be tempted to conclude that because there’s no end in sight, there is no end at all. Don’t believe it for a minute; God promises to lift you out.
God is bigger than all our worries and problems put together, and we must realize that if we are to have any victory in our lives. Everyone suffers with these difficulties, because the Bible teaches that temptation is “common” to mankind (1 Corinthians 10:13). We must not let Satan deceive us into thinking that all our problems are our fault, all our worries will come true, all our anger condemns us, or that all our guilt is from God.
Anxiety is nothing but unbelief. When you are anxious, you belittle God and exalt yourself. In reality, you are calling God a liar. A promise was given to Jesus’ disciples: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matt. 6:33. It’s also written that our heavenly Father knows what we need. He knows; He isn’t stupid. Doubting is just like declaring that God is blind, stupid and incapable. But our heavenly Father isn’t blind or senile. He pays close attention. In fact, He has numbered every hair on our head. You can rest assured: He has numbered every dollar or euro you own, right down to the last cent. He knows exactly how much you need for tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and for the next ten years! God knows everything and takes care of everything.
Faith: this is, without a doubt, one of the most profitable “spiritual sports” you can practice.
It’s the Lord’s sincere desire that we give all our cares to Him, but He won’t wrestle them away from us. We must surrender them to Him, trusting that He has our best interests at heart. When we do, we open the door for God to work wonders in our circumstances and in our lives. Each day, tell the Lord, “I give You all my cares and burdens, Lord. Thank You for sustaining me, according to Your promise.” You can be specific, naming your cares if you want to. Then when worry or doubt come against you, you can say, “Lord, I thank You that You’re taking care of that for me!” And let the peace of God quiet your heart and mind. May this precious promise from God encourage you today
Worry has no currency in this world. None. Going over that problem again and again in your mind won’t solve anything, and it won’t get you anywhere. Worry can only succeed at getting you frustrated. It weakens your faith and allows fear to take control.
When you learn to turn your confidence toward God and cast your cares on Him, you can be calm in the midst of life’s demands.