“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.”
That is a short verse that really packs a punch! That is a very different way to look at worrying isn’t it? Have you ever considered that in the midst of your worry you are headed towards evil?
Many people are familiar with Jesus’ teaching on worrying:
“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 important than food, and the body more important 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life.”
Jesus speaking in Matthew 6:25-27
That is hard to do for most people. People tend to worry. We like to think we are in control. It makes us feel safer. According to God’s Word, when we start to worry we begin to head towards evil.
Believe me, I know about worry. When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease on 1-6-12 my whole world was flipped upside down. I lived through terrible suffering and I was in pain night and day for over four years! I believed I was going to die and at one point I wrote a will for my wife and kids. It has been over six years now, and you know what God has shown me through all of my suffering? Well, many things, but two of the big ones are that He is in control and He wants us to love each other. Sounds simple, but those are deep lessons that are not so simple for people to learn–myself included! He spoke to me a lot about those two things during my time of anguish. He also talked to me a lot about how much He loves me, which was very cool! He loves you too!
I got to a point in my suffering where I felt as though I was laid out in the dust of the earth and I was nothing but dust. I know what Hezekiah felt like and I understand Isaiah 38:9-20 because I lived it! I was forced to cast aside worry and trust in God with all my heart through the most raw and painful anguish of my life, and the Lord led me through it in victory! Worrying did nothing for me during that time. When you think there is no way and it is all over, the Lord will surprise you! Just keep trusting Him and do not fret!
Do you know what would happen when I would fret during that time of suffering? Yep, you guessed it, it would lead to evil. I would get angry. Angry at myself, angry at God, angry at the world—and the Lord would have to gently lead me back to His loving arms and comfort me. Read my post titled “Wrestling God” to learn more about that. There was no use in worrying. All I could do and all I can still do is trust God with this crazy disease they call Celiac. One thing I know is that I don’t want any fretting leading me to any evil. That’s for sure!
Be encouraged today because Jesus gives us a great way to fight worry!
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I’m telling you folks, when I was laid out prostrate on the floor many times over many years at 2 a.m. suffering from a severely damaged small intestine, seeking Him is all I could do! He was right there with me and He never left my side! I will never forget those dark nights of suffering, and I will also never forget how the Lord held me and comforted me during the worst pain and anguish of my life!
Cast your worry onto Jesus today. Whatever it is, no matter how stressful, He is more than capable of carrying that burden for you!
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:6-7
I especially love the way Jesus tells us about the rest He offers us:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Jesus speaking in Matthew 11:28-30
I can testify that Jesus is gentle and humble in heart and He will give you rest for your soul. A perfect rest from so many worries!
Grace and peace to you all!
“Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.”