Hello, everyone! Welcome to post #2 of the November series, Things to Remember. (Here’s #1, if you missed it. 🙂 ) This time I’m addressing that lovely thing called worry that plagues so many of us. I know I’ve struggled with worry, and I have to remind myself of these things constantly… especially on a day like today. So here we go:
1. Worrying is a sin.
Whoa, wake-up call! “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life” (Matthew 6:25a, emphasis added). That was straight from Jesus. Worrying is a sin.
2. Worry doesn’t do anything, anyway.
Matthew 6:27 says, “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” Worrying doesn’t do one little thing… except bad things, that is. Sin always has consequences, and that’s no less true about worry. But nothing good comes out of worry.
3. God holds all our days.
That is, God is sovereign, and He is in control. From today to yesterday to tomorrow, all our days were “written in His book” before one of them came to be (as it says in Psalm 139:16). And “the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30). In Psalm 103:19, it says, “The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.” Not only will worry accomplish nothing, but we have no reason to worry because we have a sovereign God!
4. God is love, and God is good.
If God weren’t love, and if He weren’t good, I wouldn’t be terribly comforted by His being sovereign. But He is love, and He is good! If there’s one thing that would rock our world forever, it’s believing these truths! If we believed this, we’d never worry again. This means that everything that God does (i.e., everything that happens in our day-to-day lives, everything that happens in our world) is done in love, for good. Remember Romans 8:28? “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God…” God is working for our good. Now consider some verses from Psalms—
“The LORD is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works” (Psalm 119:68).
“Surely the LORD will give what is good” (Psalm 85:12).
“For the LORD is good” (Psalm 100:5).
“You are good and do good” (Psalm 119:68).
There’s so much more I could say, but I think these four points are enough for now. Next time you want to worry, remember that. I know I’ll try to. God is good, and He is love, and He is in control. What can we possibly have to worry about?
Linking up with Coffee for Your Heart. Do you have anything to add? Anything you try to remember when you want to worry? Comment below! 🙂