Worry? Me? I had thought worry was a thing of the past—that is until a friend sent me a Bible study on the subject. As I looked up verses, one truly convicted me.
So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34 AMP
Instead of focusing on today, too often lately my mind obsesses about what might happen in the future. I’ve been calling this care and concern. The truth is it’s worry.
One definition of worry that describes what I’ve been going through is, “a disquieted uneasiness of mind, an anxious apprehension concerning an impending or anticipated situation.”
When I let anxious “what will happen tomorrow?” thoughts take over my mind, I can’t enjoy the present, and I’m robbed of strength to deal with troubles that come my way today.
Lately I thought I was worn out by not enough sleep and working long hours, but I’m realizing how much worry wearies the soul—even worries about minor matters.
This week as I’ve contemplated the issue of worry, God brought to mind an antidote.
The cure for worry is worship.
One source defined worship as “showing reverence and gratitude to God.” If I am busy doing that, even if worries are attempting to plague me, they melt away.
On the way home from work today, as thoughts about what might happen to loved ones in the future once again came to mind, I started to sing a worship song—“How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin. Then I noticed how magnificent the clouds looked. I lifted up the God who created them rather than letting worry drag me down. Within minutes I felt a peace that God who has the power to create the universe and all the beauty in nature has everything under control.
With the Lord’s help I’m determined to spend less time worrying and more time worshiping the God who holds tomorrow in His hands.
How about you? Are you willing to let worries dissolve as you worship the God whose name is above any worry you can name?