Worry or Worship?
Has anyone resolved to worry less? I come back to that over and over again. I have experienced a faith renaissance over the last couple years with a commitment to worry less, pray more, and trust God with the results. Today’s verse is at the heart of it, but I also know I must activate my brain since that’s where fear and faith are processed. Here’s the cold hard truth: when you worry, you feel like everything is dependent upon you. When you pray, it’s an act of faith that acknowledges God is in charge. When you feel worry begin to simmer, you get to make a choice — worry or worship? Worry focuses on what feels impossible in your limited power. Worship focuses on God with whom all things are possible. What makes better sense? Worry or worship? It seems pretty clear cut, so the next step is application; thankfully, Philippians 4:6 gives the key — flip your focus. Turn your worry into a prayer for the Lord. If you feel ill, consult the Great Physician — an immediate appointment is always available. If you feel anxious, turn to the Wonderful Counselor — you’ll always find a compassionate ear. If you are overwhelmed by scarcity, trust in Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider, who longs to bless abundantly. Worry or worship, what will it be? It’s a choice you get to make and it starts with a prayer. So try something like this as an example and prompt, “Dear God, I am concerned about my family. Help me feel the assurance of faith that they are in your hand and show me how I can use my life to point them to you. I ask this in Jesus’ name; amen.” Give it a shot. Worship over worry…faith over fear. Make a conscious choice to fold your wringing hands into a prayer position so you can turn over your concerns to the One who has the whole world in His.