19 January 2018

Are you worried sick or just sick of worrying?

How many times in life has someone told you not to worry? Experts tell us that on average 90% of the things we worry about never happen, and of the remaining 10%, 9 out of 10 aren’t as bad as we thought. However, knowing that does not stop us worrying. It seems like, for most of us, worrying is part of our nature, we do it without even thinking about it, it is just our default position. If we are not worrying about something, then we are worried that we have nothing to worry about!

If this sounds like you, there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that the stress constant worry causes is responsible for countless modern day ailments. Doctors tell us that many people attending their surgeries are simply stressed out by the pressures of modern day living. We are not wrong when we refer to people being “worried sick”!

Part of the reason for this state of affairs is that we are not designed to deal with the stress that constant worry causes. The Bible teaches that mankind was created to live in a garden where they were provided for by their creator God who loved them and provided for their needs, therefore they had no worries. However since we, as part of that creation, disobeyed this loving, caring, Father God, choosing to do things our own way, we have been worrying about it ever since.

The good news, however, is that we don’t have to worry. That broken relationship with God can be restored, giving us the security, acceptance and significance in life we need so much, removing the causes of worry. If we simply acknowledge our sinfulness and seek God’s forgiveness through Jesus, He gives us a fresh start in life and we become a new creation, with no further need to worry.

Listen to what Jesus said,

“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 labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour 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.”

These words can we found in the Bible, in a book called Matthew, in the sixth chapter beginning at verse 25. If you would like to know more about how to live your life the way Jesus is describing here, then why not contact us now via our website at www.rejoicealways.org/help

Rejoice Always team