We’ve all been there. We worry. Finances, kids, careers, relationships, major life changes, health… we’ve all experiences our fair share of stressful circumstances. As a Christian, I’ve heard many sermons about trusting God, but when I’m lying in bed worrying about the next day… it can be hard to put my trust in God the way I’ve been taught.
So I’d like to offer some encouragement. To be honest, this list is just as much for me as it is for you. I needed to be practical, and I needed to remind myself that worry is essentially useless. Trusting God isn’t just commanded of us in Scripture, it’s the best thing for us to do for many reasons.
- God’s timing is always better than ours.
The truth is that we don’t always know what’s best for our lives. As I look back at my own life, I can clearly see God’s timing in nearly every circumstance. Had things worked out for me in my timing instead of God’s, my life would look entirely different. (I am so glad He works in His timing and not mine!)
- God sees the big picture, while we can only see our current situation.
I can only clearly see my family, in my town, in my country, and in my generation. God sees all things in all time. His perspective gives Him insight that I can’t possibly comprehend. And for this reason, His wisdom supersedes any and all human wisdom hands down.
- God has proven Himself to be faithful.
This is true not only in my life personally, but throughout all of history.
- Trusting in God demonstrates to the world that He can indeed be trusted.
How can we tell the world to place their trust in their Creator when we are constantly living in a place of worry and distrust as believers? When I choose to worry about finances, my kids, or my career, I’m telling the world that I don’t trust my God to take care of me.
- We are told to trust God in His Word.
Worry is a sin because God’s Word tells us to trust in Him. In other words, choosing not to worry is an act of obedience.
- Worrying adds not one day to our lives.
Seriously… when has worrying done any bit of good for anyone? Have you ever heard anyone say, “I’m so glad I was worried about that circumstance!” No. You probably haven’t. (People usually say the opposite…)
- Worry is a time-wasting emotion.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m worried about something, I can’t focus on anything else. I literally become less-productive.
- Medical science agrees with Scripture in that worry is never good for us.
Stress is always a bad thing. In fact, it can make us physically ill. Stress affects the way our body functions from how our immune systems works to how well we sleep at night.
- Worrying is an irrational emotion and causes us to stop thinking logically.
When we worry, we begin to think negatively. Our minds focus on worst-case-scenarios instead of rational truth. More often than not, our biggest worries are things that could never and would never actually happen… we’re just choosing to worry about them anyway.
- When we worry, we are not focusing on God; rather we are focusing on the dangers of this world.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. – Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)