Are you a Warrior or a Worrier? And what is the difference? What is worry? Worry is being anxious about something. Anxiety can often lead to obsessing about a problem, and how to fix it. Many times the things we worry about are not things we can fix and we often replay the events in our minds, wish that things could have been different and even imagine how things could have been if they were different.
All of this time-consuming thought can, however, lead to stress. If you stress, you are not putting your trust in God because you are focussing on the problem instead of God as the solution. God is in control and that is why worry is so bad for your mental, physical and spiritual health.
Does this mean that you don’t need to be concerned about anything? Not necessarily. Care needs to be taken in your everyday life. And sometimes concern can look a bit like worry. However when you are exercising concern about your work, your health, your relationships or your children, you are exhibiting care about your well-being. If you can’t control the situation, you have to trust God. And being concerned turns you toward God to ask for help, for solutions and for protection.
We are valuable to God as the Lord reminds us in Matthew 6:25-34. God clearly tells us in this passage not to worry and to trust Him. God knows your needs.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Concern leads you to trust in the Lord. How does it do this? When God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, do you think he was not concerned about the situation? He must have loved his son so much and he knew that God had promised that he would have innumerable offspring. Of course he was but God wanted him to trust him enough to know that he would be obedient.
If all your concerns have Christ in mind, you put your job, your health, your relationships etc. under submission to God in prayer and take into account what God wants for you in those things.
We can all become worried about things at times and when problems seem to be insurmountable, it can be hard to put our trust in God as it seems He may not be doing things the way we think He should. But worry only causes stress and doesn’t add anything to your life or fix the problem God will answer when and how He chooses to. Your life is a testimony as to how you react in the good times and in the bad. Be a witness who doesn’t worry about things but takes care in all areas in your lives. Trust in the Lord in all things.