I began to ponder the actual magnitude of his statement and what it meant to his life and how it reflects the state of so many of our mindsets. We are often scared and worried about things we should not be, as a matter of fact we shouldn't be scared or worried about anything according to the Word of God. I know this is, as the disciples would say, "a hard saying" or hard to swallow, but its the Word of God so its right and true.
Here are two reasons not to live in fear and worry:
1. God said not to.
- In Phil 4:6 God instructed us to not worry but instead pray about everything and thank him in advance for the answers. (Phil 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God NKJV)
- In 2 Tim 1:7 We are told that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind ( 2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. NKJV)
2. Fear and worry often times bring the exact things we are afraid of or worried about into our lives.
- When we read the story of Job and we see all the things he went through and we see that finally he actually confesses that the things he feared have happened to him and what he dreaded most has now come upon him. (Job 3:25 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me,
And what I dreaded has happened to me NKJV)
As opposed to worrying and living in fear and dread, we should apply the word of God to our lives and pray and trust him. All of our problems will not be solved by miraculously going away but most times this stance of prayer over worry allows God to give us the wisdom to solve the problem and overcome the issues we face in life. Prayer also helps us to handle these situations better while we are in the middle of them.
Love and God Bless