VCS Insights Volume 2, Issue 6 OCT 2009
Worry: How Are You Doing?
Dr. Dennis Demuth
The condition of the economy presents an opportunity for some to become stressed out about finances. In a recent pole, 85% of those surveyed were worried about the economy.
Worry is not just a concern on adults; young people spend a lot of time worrying. They worry about what people think, about parents arguing, parents getting a divorce, not fitting in, poor grades, college plans, to name a few.
Look at any newspaper, magazine, or listen to any news broadcast and you will find stress-causers all fueled by worry.
Worry is a universal response to the pressure or circumstances of an uncertain future. Worry always questions, “What if?” It has been said that “worry burns up energy, stretches emotions, disturbs peace and robs a person of contentment. If unchecked, worry may have a very detrimental effect on the physical body as well. Worry is defined as fretting, anxiety, care, or excessive concern. It expects the worst and awaits catastrophes. Worry sees obstacles in every opportunity; problems in every possibility; risks in every reach; chance in every challenge; danger in every dare and peril in every potential.” The progression of worry is fear.
Jesus Addresses the Issue of Worry
In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus attaches worry to man’s desire for security outside of dependence on God. He concludes:
“So don’t worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and these things will be given to you, as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt. 6:31-34, NIV)
All of what Jesus is addressing is based on a decision
to serve God or money (v 24). Jesus takes time to make a connection between worry and the use of money. In other words, when the importance of material things, a product of money, becomes an overriding desire, then it can result in worry. Financial concerns hinge on having more than enough.
Solomon Provides this Account of Worry
‘Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income…as goods increase, so do those who consume them….The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. I have seen a grievous evil under the sun; wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner.” (Eccl. 5:10-13, NIV)
Actions to Deal with Worry and Fear
Rather than being preoccupied with material things our ambition should be based on verse 33 that tells us to seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
We know that as we follow this command, God has pledged himself with a covenant faithfulness to respond – “all these things shall be added to you.”
- We must not allow material goods to set our emotional and spiritual tone. We need to keep our eyes on God as our provider rather than the abundance of wealth and ability; and set our heart on eternal promises which help in allowing the invisible force of our faith to be released for provision.
- It is the release of faith in God’s Word and His provision (rather than worry) and our trust in His care for each of us that brings us through present worrisome situations. These actions allow us to face our problem or financial situation squarely and not worry – even when we see no immediate change.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose…Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:28,37)