Timeless truths from Philippians 4:6-7.
Is criticism a badge of honor? How about lying? Taking God’s name in vain? Of course not! They are sins that followers of Jesus shun. Is worry a badge of honor? Why do followers of Jesus embrace it and even exalt it as a badge of honor? Quite frankly, it is a sin! How so?
First, Jesus commands us not to worry. For some that ought to be enough. Worrying is disobeying God.
Second, the problem with worry is not worry but trust. Worry is a symptom of a deeper issue. Think of it this way: The deeper your trust in Christ, the lighter your worry. The deeper your worry, the lighter your trust!
Third, worry is a control issue. Worry is an imagined sense of control. It is strange logic that goes something like this: ‘If I don’t worry about what I imagine might happen, then it may happen…. So if I worry about it, my worry gives me a sense of control over the situation. I am empowered by my worry.’ Yikes!!!!
Fourth, the problem with worry is not an active imagination but an inactive prayer life. If we pray with a thankful heart while asking God to be at work, then the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds. If we lack peace, we do so because we lack prayer.
Fifth, worry is mistaken for a spiritual gift, like criticism. Worriers have a tendency to be critical. Why? Because they are thinking the worst instead of the best.
“The steadfast in mind you will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 NASB