Webster defines worry as “think[ing] about problems or fears: to feel or show fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen.” What worry does not do is make your concern disappear. Worry increases anxiety, negatively affects your mental stability, causes physical manifestations of illness, and allows the devil to attack this weakened area of your life. What might you gain from worry? How will worry help you to move past that which vexes your spirit? God says to cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you (I Peter 5:7).
Though casting your cares is easier said than done, it is not impossible. The spirit of worry cannot be thwarted without both prayer and supplication as stated in Philippians 4:6. Prayer is a critical vessel that we use to have open communication with the Father. Our direct access to Him opens doors that can only be penetrated with divine intervention.
While we yet worry, the problem magnifies in our life, distracting us and distorting our view of life, and snatching the joy and peace that is to reside within us. Burdens of this nature have a domino effect which hampers our family life and social interactions with those who love and care for our well-being. This impediment screams so loudly that the cries of other important areas of our life are deafened by our new desire to become self-absorbed, languishing in our own pity. Addiction to worry is a real struggle that many face daily. It’s easy to reduce ourselves to what is truly a form of narcissism. Worry places our perceived problems at the forefront of our daily walk, causing us to only think of ourselves.
If one is not careful with the spirit of worry, it has the full capability of infesting life as locusts consumed the land of Egypt in the book of Exodus. How do we rid ourselves of worry? Again, we must entreat the Lord and trust His plan. Life has no promise of comfort, yet God has promised to be with us each step of the way. He wants only good things for His children. Though we think calamity is not of God, often He uses it as a stepping stone to increase our faith—a good thing. Once on the other side of the seeming disaster, we reign victorious due to our steadfast perseverance.
The word reminds us to “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour“ (I Peter 5: 8-9). Don’t allow the enemy to eat you! He is ravenous and hungry for your soul. Resting in worry yields susceptibility. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world (I Peter 5: 8-9). Your current experience is not yours alone. Others have walked this path. Facets of your personal journey are familiar to people around the world. Let go of the weight. Allow God to set you free!
I leave you with this prayer: But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen (I Peter 5: 10-11).
Enjoy the journey.
Find your fashion (the way in which you uniquely convey yourself to the world). Revive your passion (renew the excellence within and follow your God-given dreams/goals/aspirations).
-Transformation7 by Tiffany A. Washington