How Worry is 92% Pointless

In Devotions by Lauren Sergesketter4 Comments

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You know that sinking feeling in your stomach? The one that makes you nauseous. The one that makes your body shake. The one that makes your heart drop into your gut. The one that makes your pulse race and your blood pressure sky-rocket. I know that feeling all too well.

I’m a worrier. I can be out having a good time with friends and suddenly a thought will pop into my head and I’m instantly a shaking, nervous, nauseous mess. My to-do list is constantly running through my mind from sun up to sun down and sometimes even at three-o-clock in the morning.

I struggle with managing my time. I take on more responsibility than I probably should and I create a list of things to worry about even when things are caught up and going well. Chronic worrying has caused numerous panic attacks, breakdowns, and a constant state of distraction in my life and today as my heart started racing and I freaked out about the upcoming weeks, God stepped in.

Did you know that forty percent of the things you worry about never happen? It’s true. And only eight percent of the things we worry about actually require us to take action. Can you do the math? Ninety-two percent of our worries are things we can’t do anything about anyway! That is such a freeing thought. We can’t control the world around us, so why worry so much? We’re given one life and worrying just wastes it.

And do you know something else about my anxiety? It’s causing me to question God. Now I’m not questioning Him consciously, but by questioning my life and worrying about my small problems I’m throwing away all my trust in Him. Who am I to question the God who created everything on Earth? Who am I to question His timing or His guidance?

Have you ever looked up worry in the Bible? Because they talk about it a LOT.
•Psalm 55:22 “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”

•Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
•Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
•Luke 12:25-26 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”

Worrying won’t save me time. It won’t make my day go any smoother. It can’t make me feel better. Most of all, it can’t fix anything. But here’s the really awesome thing…God can.

God can fix everything! He’s forgiven the past we worry about; He’s in control of the present we’re living in; He has a plan for our future that we can’t even imagine.

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