Perhaps you’ve said these words to someone. Very likely you have been on the receiving end of these words. But when you stop and think about it they are pretty useless words. They ask you to do something, but they do not give you the means to undertake the activity. In fact there you are worrying and someone says stop worrying about it. And you’re left thinking I don’t want to worry about it. Worry harms me and I know it. I am not worrying for fun.
So what should we say to someone who is worrying.? I suggest we have to reason them out of their worry. So here are some thoughts:
- Listen to them as to what they are worrying about.
- Take them to scripture and explain how the Lords can come into the situation that they are worrying about.
- Remind them of the greatness of the ever caring God who has everlasting arms that cannot fail.
- Sometimes medical assistance might be sought if someone is suffering a mental malady which is leading to worrying.
- Sometimes someone has to be rebuked for developing a wrong attitude on something.
So don’t give the trite advice: “do not worry about it?” As price of advice it is generally less than useless.