“Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.” — Francis Chan
Have you ever noticed that worry often leads to paralysis in your life? It’s like a virus that slowly takes over our heart and mind. It starts small, but the longer you sit with it, the more it infects you until all you hear is a litany of “what ifs”. What if I fail? What if this person rejects me? What if I lose my job? What if…
Worrying accomplishes nothing meaningful. Jesus told the crowd during the Sermon on the Mount that worrying was an exercise in futility:
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:27 (NLT)
Francis Chan connects worry to a lack of trust in God. When we worry, we take our focus off God and put it on ourselves or our circumstances. Worrying implies we have the power to fix our broken situation…but we don’t. There is an antidote however. The cure for worry is worship.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
So when you find yourself worrying: worship instead. We worship when we focus our affection and attention on God instead of ourselves. Through worship, Jesus brings peace to our troubled hearts, cutting off the fruitless “what if” questions we wrestle with and leads us to a better question: What did Jesus do for me? Then Our focus returns to the One who died to free us from our worries. He died to bring us a life of peace and security in Him.
So let’s worship the one who freed us from the paralysis of anxiety.