Life is challenging, there is no doubt about it. As you read this, you may be surrounded by myriads of problems most of which you have no clue how to solve. If you are like most people, your needs far outweigh your income, and the people around you are putting more pressure on your lean resources. People talk about having a vision or a dream. That is not your problem because you have always had it. Your concern is how to turn those beautiful imaginations of your future into reality.
I am a preacher of faith and a dispenser of hope. But I know how awkward it is to tell a man who has lost his job or is facing a down-turn in his business and can no more provide for his family not to worry. How do you tell a lady who has gone past her prime yet without any visible prospect of getting married anytime soon not to worry? When you tell a woman who has been married for a long time without a baby not to worry, she immediately marks you down as a religious hypocrite or, worse still, thinks you are callous.
The truth is that if you really want to worry, there are always things to worry about. The way life is designed, your responsibilities will not decrease with time; they will rather increase. And there are things you have absolutely no control over. Worrying about them won’t change a thing. Even in the mundane things of life which you can do something about, you will not achieve anything by worrying. By the way, it seems to me that those who worry attract more things to worry about. The more they worry, the more they die by instalment. No wonder our Lord Jesus made time to address this important issue during His earthly ministry.
Please don’t confuse worrying with thinking. Thinking is creative, productive and solution-oriented. But worrying is thinking in reverse gear – it won’t take you anywhere nearer your dream but will imperil and leave you in the shackles of self pity and self destruction. That is why you cannot worry and think at the same time. The less you worry, the more your mind will make available to you solutions that you need to get out of your present predicament. So, rather than worry about it, think your way out of it.
An old Christian song hit the nail right on the head: “Why worry, when you can pray? Trust in Jesus and He will lead the way…” Obviously, the reason people worry is that they don’t trust in Jesus. If they did, they would turn whatever they cannot handle over to Him and worry about nothing. That was the same spiritual counsel Apostle Paul gave to the Philippians and to everyone who believes in Jesus. My friend, if you really believe in Jesus, it will show in your worry barometer.
Worry is a sign that you are deficient in faith. So, what do you do? Hear God’s Word more. Be in every church service to hear the preaching of God’s Word. Buy my teaching tapes and listen to them again and again. Read the Word of God and meditate on it till God begins to speak to you through its pages. When your faith is built up, you will naturally turn your worry over to God, knowing He will handle it. And prayer made in faith will drive worries away.
IT WON’T LAST
One other reason you shouldn’t worry about a thing is that whatever you are going through won’t last. The Bible says it’s for a moment. It has an end and your salvation is nearer now than when you first began. God is about to roll away that reproach. Your tears of sorrow will give way to tears of joy. In the same place you were put to shame, you will see fame. Those who laughed at you will come to laugh with you. Your frustration will turn to promotion. Shout a big “Amen!” and receive it by faith.
Make a quality decision right now that you won’t worry about anything anymore. And make this confession:
FROM TODAY, I WILL NOT WORRY ABOUT A THING. I BELIEVE IN JESUS SO I TURN ALL MY CARES, CONCERNS, CHALLENGES AND PROBLEMS OVER TO HIM. I COMMIT MYSELF TO CREATIVE THINKING AND CONSISTENT PRAYERS. BY FAITH, I RECEIVE A CHANGE IN MY SITUATION NOW. I HAVE A GREAT FUTURE AHEAD OF ME. I’M EXCITED THAT MY LIFE IS GETTING BETTER. HALLELUIA! GLORY TO GOD!
Article written by Dr. Dennis Inyang (email@example.com)