Freedom from worry (1)
by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Worry drains all of the life from us until there isn’t anything left. It keeps us from living, stealing all of our hope and joy.
In “The Christmas Carol,” Jacob Marley says, “I wear the chain I forged in life.”
Worry ostensibly imprisons us in a dark dungeon where the light of the Lord cannot be found.
Christians are to be visitors on this earth with our inheritance in heaven (Colossians 1:5; 1 Peter 1:4). This is impossible when the world has consumed us (2 Timothy 4:10).
Some worry is natural to the human condition. It is a part of living in a sinful, human body. Disease, failing health, car accidents and crime are always threats to us and our loved ones. Naturally, these threats will cause us much anxiety.
Nevertheless, God will never stop blessing Christians and Jesus is coming back to get us (John 14:1-6). While we do not need to have a fear of the afterlife, we can still be worried about the experience of death and its uncertainties.
The Apostle Paul was worried about Titus (2 Corinthians 2:13) and the churches of the Lord (2 Corinthians 11:28).
These natural worries, common to the human condition, can nevertheless become dangerous when we allow them to overwhelm us.
God’s Word will keep us grounded knowing that God will never desert us (Hebrews 13:5). He will teach us how to have the peace that can overcome all of Satan’s tricks (Ephesians 6:10-17).
“Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22, NKJV).
When we remain connected to God through prayer, we find a peace that “surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Satan works through worry and tells us we have no hope and that God doesn’t care. His darkness blocks the light of the Lord as we sink deeper into worry and negativism. Accordingly, we are unable to be happy or joyous because Satan has taken them away from us.
We must allow Jesus to liberate us from these chains, so we can return to the land of the living. The Messiah is always the answer and worry can never change that.