“Easier read than done.” I think that is a phrase that I’ll coin. Perhaps it’ll become a popular phrase. It’ll earn it’s own hashtag #ERTD. Christian people around the globe will twitter their tweets of various bible verses and end them with #ERTD.
We say we believe in Jesus. We claim to believe in the sovereign grace and goodness of God. We claim to believe that scripture is infallible and authoritative- the only rule of faith and life for those who believe. We profess faith in that which we cannot see and yet still trust it. But some things in the Bible are just easier read than done.
I often worry about things. Regular things. Things like, “Am I messing my kids up?” Or, “Have I gone too long without an oil change.” Or, “What if my brother’s brain surgery doesn’t go ok?” Or, “Why doesn’t so-and-so come to church any more?” Or, “I want new shoes but some people don’t have any shoes. Is that wrong?” Or, “What if people don’t know what a hashtag is?”
I mean, we all worry, right? We worry about the significant and the insignificant. We worry about money and if it will last. We worry about relationships and if they will last. We worry about decisions and the implications of making the wrong ones. What if I don’t get the job? We worry about our health and the health of our loved ones. We worry about America. We worry about the world. Did I leave the oven on? And we worried about all of those things before smart phones, the twenty-four hour news cycle, and social media! Now we have even more stuff we can worry about. #worryabouteverything
This is what Jesus says about worry: “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?” (#sermononthemount).
This is what the apostle Paul says about worry: “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (#Philippians4).
This is what King David says about worry: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” “When I am afraid I put my trust in you.” (#Psalm55 #Psalm56).
This is what Jesus’ right-hand-man Peter says about worry: “Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (#fishermanwroteabookofthebible).
It seems that the scriptures have much to say about worry. Basically it just says, “Don’t! Because the God in control of all things loves us more than we can imagine and he’s got it all figured out.” Scripture seems to indicate that we can actually live worry free lives when we trust God with our lives. How do we do this? Well, I think we may need to deal with our anxiety with repentance. That means acknowledging our worry as sin and confessing it, re-believing the gospel all over again.