Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Why Worry? - January 13, 2010

Philippians 4:6-7(New Living Translation)6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:7 (New Living Translation)
7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Several days ago we touched on worry as we talked about setting our priorities correctly. Worry is one of those things that tends to plague everyone from time to time. It is something that can hinder us from moving forward in our lives and accomplishing the plans and goals that have been set before us.

Paul wrote these words to encourage the church in Phillipi, which was a Roman colony in Macedon(Modern day Greece), and it is amazing that he wrote such words while he was in prison. That is hardly the place to be and not worry, but Paul's confidence in placing his faith in Jesus Christ was so great, that he was moved to encourages the reader to do the same. This was emphasized in his letter to the Romans, Romans 8:38-39 (New International Reader's Version)38 I am absolutely sure that not even death or life can separate us from God's love. Not even angels or demons, the present or the future, or any powers can do that. 39 Not even the highest places or the lowest, or anything else in all creation can do that. Nothing at all can ever separate us from God's love because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done.

I have come to believe that worry is a faith issue. The more we understand God's great love for us, the less we will worry about the trivial things of this world. As Paul's contemporary the apostle Peter goes on to tell us in the verse above, we need to give all our worries to God. He will take care of the rest.

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