In his bestselling book, “Confessions Of A Happy Christian,” inspirational writer, Zig Ziglar wrote that he had given up a number of things after becoming a man of faith. He gave up staying awake at night because he realized the Lord is awake all the time. He gave up worrying about tomorrow because he came to understand that God is already there. He gave up his concerns about financial obligations because he became convinced that the Lord is more concerned about our needs than we are and that His unlimited resources will always be up to the occasion. In other words, Ziglar’s newfound faith enabled him to overcome his worries.
A noted nineteenth century writer said “The very essence of anxiety is to imagine that we are wiser than God. We believe that what we need, He will forget. We try to carry our own weary burdens and act as if He were unable or unwilling to take them.
According to the Bible, the opposite is true.
Joseph Scriven, who wrote “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” did so to help his mother overcome her fears and said we forfeit peace and bear needless pain by not taking everything to God in prayer. That is exactly what we do when we insist on bearing burdens that God has offered to bear for us. Scriven insisted that God invites us to take our troubles to Him, stop worrying about them and leave them in His capable hands. When we do so, we can be sure that He will take our worries away.
Each day, we’re faced with a choice between faith and worry.
Faith imparts life and moves mountains.
Worry just makes mountains out of mole hills.
One wise man compared worry to sitting in a rocking chair. “It keeps you busy,” he said, “but you don’t go anywhere.”
Worry is not only damaging to our health; it’s a waste of time.
Worry has never placed a loaf of bread on a table nor paid a delinquent bill.
Worry has never added a ray of sunshine to a dark day.
Worry has never brought healing to one who is sick.
Worry has never lifted a burden.
Worry doesn’t provide strength for tomorrow, it just drains strength from today.
“All true,” you say.
“But how can we stop worrying?”
We can overcome worry by exercising faith.
Worry and faith are opposites.
As faith increases, worry decreases.
The still highly regarded nineteenth century English minister, C.H. Spurgeon, wrote: “A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” So no matter how dark things seem today, expect the best tomorrow.
Rid yourself of that worthless word: “worry.” Doubt your doubts and believe your beliefs. “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37)
Roger Campbell is an author, a columnist, and broadcaster who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org