Friday April 3rd, 2020
This past week, we’ve talked about the power of our thought-life in relation to our current walk through this COVID-19 valley. Today, I want to focus on another way of thinking; one that has the potential to erode our faith and regress our growth if we are not intentional and vigilant. We need to be careful about ‘worry’!
Right now, the world says that there is a countless number of reasons to worry and fret. We see tragic stories on the news, unfavourable statistics and negative projections. Even before these recent circumstances began, the news and media were filled with reasons to have fear instead of faith! Not only do we always need to limit how much we are exposed to news and media, but we need to pay attention to our hearts, and be realistic with ourselves about how much we are worrying and why.
It is a great concern, that in this time, people will become consumed by worry. While others are in harmony with the way God thinks, others are so opposed that it is difficult for them to see how God can bless them. Worrying can hurt us and negatively affect our walk with God, especially when we develop an automatic thought-life that chooses fear over faith and even doubts God’s promises. This way of worried thinking eventually leads to the undermining of our effectiveness as vital, dynamic and influential Christians. Not only are we affected by worry, but so are those around us.
I encourage you to read Matthew 14:22-33. In this passage, Peter climbs out of a boat and walks on water. He then panics and starts to sink and ultimately calls to Jesus for help. Jesus saves him, and says to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Notice that Peter does not answer him. How often are we like Peter? Instead of automatically worrying, we need to search our hearts, confront what is scaring us and ask why. Lamentations 3:40 says, “Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.”
God is in a cooperative partnership with us. This is true in the realm of our thinking as much as it is in other aspects of our walk with God. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” In this time, we need to share our concerns with the Lord. He loves you and He is for you. We also need to renew and replace our worried thoughts with the promises and thoughts of God. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom 12:2). The world says there are many things to worry about, but God says there is a blessed hope to wait for! (Titus 2:13).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Phil 4:6).