Pilgrim’s Keyboard

January 26, 2009

So what’s the worry?

Filed under: Bruce — pilgrimskeyboard @ 5:23 pm

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing …  


Banks are failing. Companies are going bankrupt. Thousands are losing their employment. All politicians appear to be corrupt, blind, or deaf. Nothing seems to make sense anymore – what’s right is wrong and what’s wrong is right. No wonder we are a worrying a lot.


I am of the opinion that we should be aware of what is happening around us. We should be astute as individuals and as a nation. Our nation’s problems will not go away over night. Quick fixes in the short term ease some of the pain. But, the problem with quick fixes is that they do not last long, thus the definition of quick. So, unless a well thought out solution is adapted – our problems will eventually come back time and time again.


Worry is like that. Worry or being anxious over problems whether they are big or small is a natural for us. We worry about health, we worry about all of our accumulated stuff, and we worry about each other. Our responses are often immediate resulting often in making matters worse or at least to keep our problems at bay until they have gone away (or at least are masked over). I wonder if this is how the phrase, “Out of sight-out of mind,” originated.


It seems that the only thing many do not worry about is their relationship with God. Now for the natural man this lack of worry is understandable because he is dead in his trespasses and sins and thus has no desire to please God in any form or fashion. The natural man will continue in this condition for all eternity unless God in His sovereign grace intervenes and grants repentance and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.


However, for the born again believer worrying should not be a natural practice. Since God is aware of our each and every need – whether it is of a physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual nature – the believer can be comforted knowing that his heavenly Father will provide what is best for him or her (cf. Matt. 6:25-34; Rom. 8:28).


Thus in this passage we are encouraged not to be anxious (or worrying about) today’s concerns. Instead, we as believers in Christ are to be found in everything to be in … prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, [to] let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


So what’s the worry?



  1. What? Me worry?

    Comment by Cindy — January 26, 2009 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  2. Wow!!!!!! Bruce, that is exactly what my prayer to God was this morning.

    Comment by Digital Publius — January 27, 2009 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

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