Today’s world is full of stress. There has always been stress. Every generation has had big issues. Imagine your family during Civil War America. Brother against brother, family against family. Blood shed everywhere on our very own soil.
World Wars I and II brought constant fear to mothers of losing their sons. There were shortages of necessities, women had to begin working.
Think about Vietnam and all of the teenage boys that died. And, then there was the drug counter-culture that began, with drugs and free sex everywhere.
The 70’s were scarred with oil shortages, job shortages, and political upheaval.
In the 80’s we had the Cold War, never knowing if Russia was going to blow us up, drugs and sex were still rampant, and the family was falling apart with divorce rates skyrocketing. Girls were under pressure to succeed in the business world and raise perfect families.
The 90’s brought war to us once again, ending with fears of the “world” shutting down at Y2K.
Then we had the attack on America and a never-ending War on Terror. It seems everyone is worried about finding a job, keeping a job, or losing their job. The family is broken. The church seems broken. Kids are told to go to college and that college is a waste all in the same breath. We have the same people who would lay down their life for an animal, fighting for the right to kill a baby. Everything seems upside down.
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
People question why God allows the world to be like it is: such a mess. When God created us, He gave us free-will. He wanted us to choose to love Him and to want to spend time with Him. Unfortunately, His first human creations chose sin over Him, and man-kind has followed in that path ever since. It isn’t God who has created this fallen world, it is man.
Worry, fret, stress: These have all become a part of the daily life of most Americans. We wake up worrying and go to bed worrying.
Let’s take a look at what God’s Word says about worry and anxiety:
Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Luke 12:25 MSG “Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? If fussing can’t even do that, why fuss at all? Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don’t fuss with their appearance—but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?
Luke 12:25 ESV And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
So, God is telling us. Do not worry. Worry doesn’t change a thing, not one. All worrying and fretting do is cause illness, exhaustion, irritability, depression, anxiety, anger; but it does not change the circumstance one bit.
Worrying does not bring peace or resolution.
What should we do when we don’t know what direction to go—when we feel stressed or confused? Again, the answer is in God’s Word.
Philippians 4:6-7 MSG Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
God created you. He is your creator and your Father. He loves you with a love so deep you cannot possibly comprehend it. Trust Him. Give control of your life over to Him. He will not lead you in the wrong direction. Ever.
God’s Promise to us:
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:11