The Problem of Worry: Part 2
By: Mike Stokes
This is the second article on the problem of worry, a debilitating condition of the mind, which can cause physical and emotional anguish. In the first article I presented three arguments, that Christ made in Matthew 6: 25-34, against worry. There is one more argument against worry that Christ makes in this passage, we should consider:
Worry is a characteristic of those who do not know Christ as Lord (v32a).
I do not want to be identified as being in the camp of non believers. When one excludes God’s involvement in their personal life, for all practical purposes worriers are alone, just like those without Christ. So, to paraphrase verse 34, “Don’t worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.”
Solution for worry
Remember the nearness of the Lord. (Philippians 4: 5b)
“The Lord is near.” There are two possible ways to interpret this statement: It could refer to either time or space. Paul may have meant that the Lords’s coming is near in terms of time. Or, he might have meant that the Lord’s presence is near us all the time. Both are true, it seems to me the second is preferable. We don’t need to worry because the Lord is with us, near us, all around us, always.
Claim the presence of God in your life (Hebrews 13: 5)
“I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” This statement assures us that he will neither withdraw his presence (“never leave thee”) nor his help (“nor forsake thee”).
Let the mind be transformed (Philippians 4: 8)
Since worry and anxiety are conditions of the mind, one of the best remedies is to push those thoughts aside with healthier thoughts, like the ones in this passage. Paul instructs us in Romans 12: 2, “Be transformed by the renewing of the mind.”
One final thought: As you read the story of the Children of Israel wandering in the desert for 40 years, the sin that so angered God, that he forbade them from entering the Promise Land was the sin of worry–of fear, panic, and unbelief. They distrusted his promises, disregarded his power, and discounted his presence among them. Is not that the very essence of worry? To distrust God’s promises, disregard his presence, and discount his power? I pray God will help you to trust him with–The problem of Worry.