The word with Rev. Fr. Anthony Mario OZELE, PhD
- Worry is actually Sub-Christian: Jesus says, ‘For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them’ (Matthew 6:32). So worry is not only incompatible with faith, it is actually sub-Christian. Having a primary concern with material needs is the characteristic of unbelievers says Jesus. Some of these worries may be modest, such as food, drink and clothing. But others are more commonly found among working class believers these days: a bigger house, a new car, a better salary, reputation, fame or power. But all these are pagan because they are self-centred and do not satisfy.
When we trust in Jesus and receive him as our Lord and Saviour we are born into his family and become children of God. We can be assured that God knows our every need. If our loving Father knows our needs we can trust him for them. Not our wants but certainly our needs. Worry misses the point of life, is illogical, a waste of time, incompatible with faith and is actually sub-Christian.
- Worry is Unnecessary: ‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ (Matthew 6:33). Worry exhibit’s a lack of trust in God. When we worry, we don’t trust God. When we worry it’s like saying, I got a problem and I don’t think God can handle it. Worry affects our relationships with others. I can attest to that. Instead of worrying we need to know that God is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.
All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord.
Greater is he that is in me then he that is in the world.
Our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed
God created the heavens and the earth
In my father’s house are many mansions
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want
I can do all things through Christ Jesus that strengthens me
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, and the list goes on and on and on.
” Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”1 Peter 5:7 Cast means to unload. Let go. The Greek word literally means to drop. Unload it. Earlier in the week when I first looked at this verse I though it said to throw my worries away. That is not what this verse says. It says I am to unload it. But notice where I unload it. “On Him”. We place all of our cares and worries on Him – because He cares about you. It doesn’t mean that are worries go away – what this means is that we give them to Jesus and He takes care of them. When you put your faith in God – He still works miracles.
Worry is actually unnecessary. God promises to provide for our needs if we get our priorities right. Indeed, the Bible is full of such promises. For example, the psalmist says, ‘No good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless’ (Psalm 84:11). The apostle Paul also writes, ‘We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ (Romans 8:28). Sometimes, as Paul knew only too well and Jesus experienced, our situation may be difficult or painful. Yet God will walk with us and hold our hand and use adversity to build our character.
The result may be increased intimacy with God, greater spiritual insight or far deeper faith with which to encourage and affirm others. Worry misses the point of life, is illogical, a waste of time, incompatible with faith, sub-Christian and a complete waste of time. And if you remain unconvinced, here’s one more.
- Worry Contradicts Common Sense: Jesus says, ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ (Matthew 6:34)
God intends us to live one day at a time. God has given us our lives in units of twenty-four hours and we should take life a day at a time. If we wish to live a long and fruitful life, we should respect and live by the biological clock he has built inside us. Fiona Castle, who had to face the stress of her husband Roy’s battle against cancer, wrote this in her book Give Us This Day:
“Recently a friend commented to me that many people live their life as though it were a dress rehearsal for the real thing. But in fact, by tonight, we will have given the only performance of ‘today’ that we will ever give. So we have to put our heart, our energy and honesty and sincerity into what we do every day. As a show business family, we find that a very suitable illustration. And every show comes to the end of its run, when we must lay aside the costumes and step off the stage, into another, larger world. So as we pray the prayer Jesus taught us, we ask God to ‘Give us this day’ – thankfully receiving one day at a time – looking to him to sustain us with everything we need, whether it be food, shelter, love of family and friends, or courage and hope to face the future. And at the same time we echo the words of the psalmist: ‘This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it'” (Psalm 118:24).
Seven reasons why we should stop worrying.
- Worry misses the point of life
- Worry is illogical
- Worry is a waste of time
- Worry is incompatible with faith
- Worry is sub-Christian
- Worry is unnecessary
- And worry contradicts common sense