Dear Grace Baptist Church Family,
On Wednesday evening we were discussing worry and anxiety. Does that get your attention? I know that topic is one that is common to all of us. We can shroud it in many other terms but the reality is that as we live in this fallen world, there are innumerable situations on a daily basis that could lead to the temptation to worry and fret.
Worry has been defined as, “a small trickle of fear that meanders through the mind until it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” Take a moment to think about that. We have all been there I think.
As we considered this we also touched on the fact that worry is sin! It is the sin of unbelief. It is not believing the promises of God—He loves you, He cares, He will not forsake you, all things are working together for good. It is not believing God—that He is good. And as has been observed, it is also a moment of atheism—leaving God out of the current moment or circumstance. How often do we leave God out of our lives as believers? And yet the greatest testimony that we can have is that we are people of faith So where is our faith? It has to be in God, no matter what the circumstances are.
When tempted with worry the greatest thing you can do is to enlarge your view of God, particularly the goodness of God. It is often the goodness of God that is under attack in our thoughts when life gets difficult. We are asking how God can be good when things seem to be so wrong. So we must look to the Scriptures and affirm what they say.
Psalm 119:68 (ESV) You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.
Psalm 107:1 (ESV) Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Psalm 145:9 (ESV) The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
Psalm 31:19 (ESV) Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!
Psalm 34:8 (ESV) Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Romans 2:4 (ESV) Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
John MacArthur once stated, “Let God's track record in Scripture and in your own life assure you that worry is needless because of God's bounty, senseless because of God's promise, useless because of its impotence to do anything productive, and faithless because it is characteristic of unbelievers.”
Do you have something to worry about? I think Biblically we can say, "Don't!"
I encourage you to pray for our services and for me as well. Would you take a few private moments between now and Sunday morning to pray?
I look forward to worshipping the Lord together with you.
Dr. Wynne Kimbrough is the editor of this resource.
Some of the articles are written by him while others are found and shared with permission from the original authors. Some of of these authors wish to remain anonymous.