Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:1-7
Do you ever worry? I guess that is rather a stupid question because all of us, at some time or other, worry. Many of our worries and concerns are legitimate. Some, of course, can be exaggerated, but most are real. But should we worry as Christians? That’s a tough question to answer, especially in light of the advice of Scripture. Jesus and Paul tell us not to worry. However, whether we should or should not worry, we do.
What I have discovered is that it is not so much worrying that is wrong, but rather what we do with our worries. If we continue with them, they grow out of proportion and take over our lives. If, instead, we take them to the Lord in prayer, hand them over to Him, and allow Him to handle them, then we have done the best thing with our worries and concerns.
Psalm 37 gives us a divine prescription for worry, and shares four things we can do when worry comes and tries to take over our thoughts and, eventually, our lives. The first is trust: “Trust in the Lord” (verse 3). The second is delight: “Delight yourself in the Lord” (verse 4). The third is commit: “Commit your way to the Lord” (verse 5). The fourth is wait: “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him” (verse 7).
Notice that, with every instruction, there is a promise. If you trust, you will “enjoy safe pasture.” If you delight, “He will give you your heart’s desires.” If you commit, “He will do this.” And if you wait, “evil men will not prosper.”
Today, if you are anxious about something, begin to practice these instructions, and I promise your worries will lessen. As you trust in the Lord, He will give you His peace and answers for the things that concern you. Jesus said, “Therefore, do not worry … about your life… about clothes … about tomorrow … your heavenly Father knows that you need them” (Matthew 6).
“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).