Many people express their compassions and concerns by worrying about people or situations. They insist that their worrying is a positive attribute to caring and concern. However, as Christians we know that worrying is a reaction of doubt and can only bring defeat. There is a biblical difference between worry and concern.
Webster’s Dictionary defines worry as:
“To think about problems or fears; to feel or show fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen. To make (someone) anxious or upset: to cause (someone) to worry.”
And it defines doubt as:
“To be uncertain about (something); to believe that (something) may not be true or is unlikely; to have no confidence in (someone or something); to fear; to distrust; an uncertainty of belief or opinion that often interferes with decision-making; a deliberate suspension of judgment; to doubt.”
“Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.’”
Jesus made it clear that doubt is the opposite of “faith”. And He talks about worrying in Matthew 6:25-34:
“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?”
When we worry about someone or something we focus on the situation from our own perspective and within our own abilities to help, and we ache inside because we know that we can’t do a thing to change it. We become afraid and this is because we have taken our eyes of off Jesus who has told us in 1 Peter 5:7 to “cast all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.” When our eyes and thoughts are still on the situation, we hold onto the burden and Jesus cannot do a thing to help until we let go.
Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus is telling us to tell HIM about the things that burden us and that worry us, and to rest in Him because HE will take care of them. And how do we do that?
We take our heartfelt concern and we give it to Jesus in prayer. We need to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY and tell the Lord about the things that trouble us and then LET HIM deal with them.
James 5:16 says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
He won’t always do it the way we want Him to and that’s because Jesus sees the big picture and we are only focused on the issue at hand. We need to have the faith and confidence in Jesus as our Lord that He’ll hear our prayers, answer them AND do it HIS way, and then we need to let Him do what He has to do. We need to STOP worrying and agonizing over them because they are no longer OUR burdens; we gave them to Jesus who can and who WILL fix the problems. And all we have to do is believe it.
We’re told in James 2:20 that “faith without works is dead.” We might say that we have faith, but until we truly give Him the burden and then step away from it, we really don’t trust Him. But if when we pray we can give Him the burden and then just leave it with Him, we are acting on our faith. And what does James 2:26 say about that?
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
And there is a way that we can know that we really did give the situation to Jesus and are not just saying that we did. When we can praise the Lord from our heart and thank Him for healing the situation, we’ll feel the release of the anxiety that had previously burdened us. When we are free of that burden, we are filled with His praise just like David said in Psalm 106:12, “Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.”
Can we still be concerned? Yes, of course we can be. But we’ve given it to someone who can do something about the problem, so we no longer have to “worry”. And when the negative thoughts and doubts come – and they will – we have to remember that they aren’t from Jesus, and since we only want to focus on Jesus, we should ignore them and stay focused on the healing power of God.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” … 2 Corinthians 10:5
When we study the Bible and learn all about Jesus, our faith in Him grows and we become more dependent on Him for every aspect of our lives because we know that on our own we can’t defeat the devil, but with God nothing is impossible. If you want to learn more on how to develop your faith and become a strong and faithful Christian, I’d like to encourage you to get a copy of my book, “Let Faith Arise!” You can get a soft cover copy at Amazon.com or a free e-book copy here. It will bless you and teach you what faith is, how to build your faith and how to use it to the glory of God.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” … Hebrews 11:6