Worry is the state of being anxious and troubled over actual or potential problems. As the word sounds, WORRY means War Of Restless Reactions against Yourself. The word of God defines worry as anxiety or fear that dwells in man’s heart, which weighs him down. It means, you don’t trust in God and this is a SIN. You cannot please God, if you don’t have faith in Him. God says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phillipians 4: 6-7). In the New testament, the word anxiety occurs 26 times. In verses like Phillipians 4:4-9, I Peter 5: 6-11, Matthew 6:25 -34, 2 Corinthians 11:28 among other verses in the Bible. The old testament also has its different references to the word “Anxiety” – Psalms 69:3
THE EFFECTS OF WORRYING
- When you get worried, you constantly get yourself to the brink of depression, which can result into suicidal ideas or action. (Job 3: 24 – 26)
- Worry kills faith and makes lame, our belief (Matthew 6:30)
- It blocks our sense of hearing from God because the heart has already been polluted by worry and easily forget the great promises of God. (Matthew 13:22)
- It blocks your ability to show love to others and work for Christ as you direct full attention to the problems or challenges. (1 Corinthians 13:5)
- Worry removes peace, breeds doubt and brooding (Phillipians 4: 6 – 7)
- It Limits our request and resources from God. The heart that worries get weakens and the strength at the altar of prayers goes down which give room for the devil to block our chances, request and resources from our God. The devil knows the power of prayer, he will always encourage worry in us to keep us from our great resources in Christ Jesus.
- SO WHY THE WORRY, WHEN YOU CAN PRAY, TELL IT TO GOD, CONSTANTLY KNOCK ON HIS DOOR IN PRAYERS.
BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO GOT WORRIED
The world is full of challenges and needs that require appropriate and prompt solution, which make men to worry. This does not leave anyone out, including Christians except we key into the abundant grace of God.
- David: He was troubled and battled deep despair. Thiis can be seen in some of the psalms he composed. (Psalm 38:4, Psalm 42:11)
- Elijah: He was discouraged, weary and afraid, even after his great spiritual victory through God over the prophets of Baal. He feared and ran for his life, due to the threat of Jezebel. He felt defeated and worn out. (1 Kings 19:4)
- Jonah: He experienced the opposite side of God and he cried out of anxiety to God that it was better for him to die than to live. (Jonah 4:3 & 9)
- Moses: He was grieved over the sin and murmuring of the children of Israel, he was about to quit. (Numbers 11:10-15)
- Jeremiah: He fought with loneliness, feelings of defeat and insecurity and was tagged “the weeping prophet”. He experienced constant rejection from his people whom he loved. (Jeremiah 20:14 & 18)
- Job suffered great loss, he was devastated and had illness. He tried to hold on to his faithfulness in God but still complained deeply due to the pains he experienced. In Job 3:11, he said “Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?” This can also be referenced in Job 3:26, Job 10:1 and Job 30: 15 – 17.
In all the examples given, one thing common to all these great people in the Bible is that they all prayed to God even in their fear. They cried to the Lord and told their fear to Him who cares. God was with them and answered them in their fear. God defended their weaknesses and gave them victory. The same God is still alive today. What you are passing through presently cannot be new to God. There are biblical examples of the challenges we are experiencing today. Christ told us we will certainly have tribulation in this vain world but we should cheer up, that He Has overcome the world (John 16:33). God sees us, He hears us, He understands our worries and weaknesses. He is the healer, our restorer, He is our true friend and will reward our pains with joy. We need great weapons to conquer our worries through the prayer of faith. This helps us to access and obtain our desires from our Father. May God help us to stand firm in Him regardless of the challenges of life. Amen.