There are times when my mind is not happy until it has found something to worry about. Some of you reading that statement will not have a clue what I am referring to. Whilst there are others who will know only too well what I am referring to. So what are the issues here?
We are all damaged by the outworkings of Adam’s rebellion against God. We are all broken creatures. Everyone, for example, carries a degree of brokenness in their bodies. That brokenness also affects our minds and other parts of our being as well. But our minds are not what they should be because of the fall.
My mind is a broken entity and this manifests in this phenomenon of seeking to find something to worry about. Sometimes it is as if my mind hovers until it finds something to pounce on and then worry ensues. What do I do then as a result of this? Do I just self-identify as “a worrier”, and so ‘grin and bear’ life. Or is there a better and wiser way?
We need to establish that worry is not a harmless, playful activity for the believer; it is sin. Our Saviour said to his disciples in Matthew 6:25-27:
‘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?
To worry, quite simply to disobey the command of our Lord. So this necessitates us in taking action. We cannot just excuse ourselves by saying “this is just the way I am,” we need to go on the offensive against our worry or we will just be excusers of sin and that will not do.
So how do we do this? Surely we have to get ourselves before the Lord. We have to immerse ourselves in prayer and the Word of God. We need to acquire into our souls the carefully sifted material of the Word of God and load it on the vehicle of prayer and mediation, and journey into the presence of God. Is this the process Paul is referring to in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 where he writes
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Specifically, is this one aspect of taking every thought captive so as to be obedient to Christ? May the militaristic nature of Paul’s phraseology here impress upon us that this is not an armchair activity, it is a battle. So if you, like me, have this proneness to worry you and I need to be doing some fighting to get our thoughts away from sinful worry. In the battle here are some issues to think about as you prepare your tactics:
- We need to remember that worry is a phenomenon that says “God will not be big enough to help me cope with what tomorrow will bring”. It is therefore blasphemous because it lies about God and His ability.
- Worry tells me that things will come into my life which are bad for me. This denies the fatherly care of God.
- Worry stops me from enjoying God’s goodness, because it tells me some badness will be ahead.
In all this we need to be aware that although sometimes our defective minds are only happy to find something to worry about, our beings are actually made unhappy by such a mind.
Oh what a wretched and complicated man I am. Please Lord deliver me from myself that all might be for you, and help me deal with worry Lord.