I doubt any of us wish that we could worry more often. I’m guessing none of us placed “Become captive to worry” on our list of resolutions for the year. Most of us know we should worry less, and if we want to be obedient to Jesus’ command, we should not worry… at all.
Did you know that an average person’s worry is focused on:
40% of things that will never happen
30% of things in the past that can never be changed
12% about criticism from others
10% about health
8% about real problems that will be faced
I know what you’re thinking, because I thought the same thing when I saw the list. If that 8% is a valid worry about real problems that I will face, shouldn’t I at least get that, a measly 8% to stew and simmer keep me awake at night?
Here’s the big problem with any worry. Worry is a deeper issue than just how a situation makes me feel. Worry demonstrates a lack of trust. But what if I trust God in 92% of my life? What if it’s just that 8% that I hold onto?
That’s 8% of my life where I essentially proclaim: I don’t trust you, God.
Why do we worry? Because we want to be in control! How do we try and deal with worry? Some medicate it, ignore it, distract themselves with a bottle, or some try and just mentally control it. I’m the queen of that one.
FOR THE GOOD
God’s care in our lives should combat our worries. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
That’s a comforting thought: “God’s going to work things together for my good.” But then I think it’s only natural to let your mind wander to those situations that haven’t seemed (at least from our perspective) to bring forth any good at all. That’s where Romans 8:29 comes in.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
The very good for each of us is that we would be “conformed” or molded to be more like Jesus. I have to keep reminding myself that this is what I want. If only I could turn my worry into the kind of prayer that says, “I want to be more like your Son. Use whatever catalyst necessary to bring out more of Him in my life.”
HIS GOOD IS GOOD
His good is good.
When you are tempted to worry today, try reciting that to your heart. His good for me is so good.
Following and Learning,