Wednesday, January 11, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 11

What's the difference between worry and concern? It's probably not an earthshaking question to consider. It's really a matter of motivation. A question of what's driving us. We know that worry is a sin, but not a sin that gets preached on or challenged very often in accountability groups. It's a boring sin; ordinary, run of the mill. What programs have been started to people overcome worry? Any "worriers anonymous" groups I'm unaware of? (Don't worry you worriers; there is no such thing!)

Worry is like hedging your bets. We believe God is in control. We believe that He is working on our behalf. We turn matters over to God in prayer, but then worry about them just the same. We take things back into our hands and act as though our fretting is a back up plan. It's normal to be concerned about things, it's probably normal to be worried about things, but we are called not to worry.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:31-34, “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today."

If you are a follower of Christ, you have already hedged your bets. You've brought the most powerful, benevolent, and loving God into your life. Worry about seeking him first in your life, and let him worry about the small stuff. Don't let yourself worry about things that may never happen tomorrow, focus on the blessings that come each day and take the troubles as they come.

Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Genesis 32-34


1 comment:

  1. I've come to believe that the difference between worry & concern lies in our motivation behind it. Worry is motivated by fear and concern by love. Fear cripples, love frees. Jesus says 'do not be afraid.' I recently read that of all people on earth True Believers of Christ should be the most fearless people, for we have a hope that will not be destroyed