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WORRY & TRUST


Geoff Daniels

Worry is giving way to anxiety or unease; and allowing one’s mind to wonder and focus on uncertainty, difficulty and trouble. Worry seems to get the better of us in many situations. Is there any hope for people who worry? One might ask. The words of an old song goes, “Worry, worry, worry. Why always me? I found out that I’m the worrying kind. I go worrying right along. Life is fine, but with a worrying mind, So many things can go wrong.” Note: “with a worrying mind, so many things can go wrong.” Thats why there has to be a way out of worry.

Statistics reveal that people who worry spend much of their time doing so. Worry will either draw us closer to God or drive us further from Him. Worry causes its victims not to have hope, neither to believe that the situation can change or improve. Worry is an exercise in futility.

In his daily devotional, “Today Can Be Different,” Dr. Harold J. Sala wrote, “Have you ever considered that worry is a senseless and futile past-time that only drains your life of energy and siphons off your productivity?” He further stated, “If there is a sovereign God who directs in the affairs of His children, then we had better put our faith into practice, which means we can say, “All right, God, you take over the night shift because I’m going to sleep.” (Published by Regal Books, Ventura, CA 93006). Dr. Sala is right. Worry is a lack of trust and confidence in God.

We live in a very complex secularistic and humanistic world where people are overwhelmed with the cares and pressures of daily living, and some find it extremely difficult to cope. Such pressures, among other things, contribute to worry and despondency. Seeking relief from self or others is not a solution to the problem. The Bible states, “He that trusts in his own heart is a fool” (Proverbs 28:26), and also, “Vain is the help of man” (Psalm 60:11). So then, where to go for help?