The word worry is derived from an Anglo-Saxon term meaning to “strangle” or “to choke off”. There is no question that worry and fear do choke off the productive flow from God. It gives a small thing a big shadow.
Worry is like the boogie man in my daughter’s storybook. Its energy is fueled not by what’s actually there, but by what might be, what we imagine can be there. Worry does nothing but gives a small thing a big cloud. It’s depressing darkness in the future that reaches back through time to rob us of our joy now and it discredits the sovereign excellence, kindness, of God.
In the midst of trials, the drawbacks of believing are high. We battle to be optimistic. It sounds like a relatively unreasonable situation sobbing over something that will presumably never come to pass. Yet we act this way when we worry. We blow the situation out of proportion that most likely won’t pass. We need to believe God more than worry. That is more promising than worrying.
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