When Worry Comes to Visit – And Won’t Leave

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
     I am not a fan of cliché’ especially in the realm of counseling. So much of what we say in an effort to comfort someone who is going through a trail comes across as flippant and shallow. There is no question that the sentiment is well intended but there are so many times when it simply doesn’t deal with the issue. Foe example: A friend comes to you and shares that he has just been diagnosed with cancer and he is scared. In trying to be helpful, you share Romans 8;28: 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. You pray for him and he walks away looking a bit stunned. Why? Because, while a biblical truth was shared – God is in charge; I can promise you that the new cancer patient in front of you does not need to hear that right then. Many times, there are no immediate solutions. While it is in our nature to attempt to solve the problem at hand, often times there is no solving it. In those cases, we comfort, pray, and lean on the Holy Spirit for guidance.
      The above example is extreme yes, but often times it is all to common. The cancer patient is less concerned about the cancer then immediacy of time. The cancer patients is suddenly worried about his kids, his wife, and his family; how will they survive without him?
     That is an example of an extreme situation; a  situation where suddenly  the normalcy of the world is turned upside down. The sudden death of a family member or friend, that call from the doctor that was unexpected, divorce, and job loss are all examples of that sudden extreme situation that causes anxiety and worry. What about when anxiety and worry are a constant companion. No matter how things are going – worry. Nice house, cars, the kids are fine, there is enough money, everyone is healthy; in short, the American dream and yet, there is constant worry and anxiousness.
     According to anxietycenters.com over 40 million Americans will suffer an impairment due to anxiety and stress this year!  Another article published in 2011 by theweek.com stated that 1 out of every five adults in the us is on medication to treat some form or mental illness and that 29% more women than men (1 out of 5 women over the age of 20) take such drugs. The statistics are startling and yet Jesus tells us not to worry.
     Let me be clear, there are medical professionals out there and medication that is prescribed for such illnesses. I am in no way saying that those practices should be abandoned. Healing is a spiritual gift (see I Corinthians 12) the wisdom for which is given by God. James 1:5: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
     What I am saying is when the pharmacy  and the therapy sessions or the alcohol, the illegal drugs and whatever else fits under the heading of self medication fall short, and they will, Jesus extends His hand to walk with us through our distress. Jesus said: John 16:33: 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
     Jesus was a man, God made flesh. as a man he felt what we feel: hunger, thirst, exhaustion, the entire gambit of human emotions. Isaiah 53:3: He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were,our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. this passage in Isaiah is prophetic. It speaks of the suffering Jesus would do on the cross for us. Jesus understands what we go through every day because He went through it Himself.
     Jesus never said that our time in this world would be easy. To  the contrary, in the verses used for this post, Jesus acknowledges worry and tribulation. He knows life here is not easy. That is why He made us this promise: Matthew 28:20: teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always,even to the end of the age.” Amen.
     So how does this all work? We are to give our worries to the one who conquered the world. The one who overcame sin and death one time for all time. Give your worries and concerns to Jesus. He took the sin of the entire world on His shoulders. He can handle your worries. I Peter 5:7: casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. My mother always said, “Give it to God.” My question in return always was how?
     If you have already accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior then deepen your relationship with Him through the reading of the word, prayer, and fellowship. By spending time in scripture, speaking with the one who created you, and surrounding yourself with other believers you will keep your eyes firmly set on Him.
     If you haven’t yet accepted the free gift of salvation you must settle that question once and for all. What will you do about Jesus? Christ died as the final sacrifice for the sin of the world, your sin and mine. He took the punishment that we deserve so that all who believe in Him would have eternal life with the Father (Romans 6:23b). God loves you and desperately wants to have a  relationship with you. God is perfect and as such, can not have a relationship with an imperfect being. This is why Jesus died and rose again; to serve as a bridge between God and man. Without Jesus, when we die we are destined to spend an eternity separated from God ( See Romans 6:23a).
     How can you guarantee that you will spend eternity with God when you die? How can you have Jesus to walk with you in this world? Romans 10:9 & 13: that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”[a]
     If you have never called on the name of the Lord, I would like to invite you to do that today. You can say, ” Dear Jesus, I know that I have sinned against you. I repent of my sin and choose to follow you. I believe that you died and rose again to forgive me of all my sins. Thank you Jesus!”
Grace & Peace,
*If you would like to know more about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, email me at savedIIserve@gmail.com and let me know! I will be happy to lead you through what the bible says about salvation and accepting Jesus Christ as your savior.*

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