30th January 2020

Don’t Do It!

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:9 (NIV)

Why oh why do we do it? We don’t have to, but we all do – to differing degrees. Worry, that is. Why do we worry? Why do we spend so much effort on it?

We tell ourselves that “I won’t.” But will power is often weak and we still do it. You may have read a book that tells us not to do it. Perhaps people around you, including close friends, also tell you not to worry. But we do.

Worry causes stress, which is costing us, as a nation, an astronomical sum to deal with. Stress! We see its effects everywhere: individually, nationally and even internationally. The irony is that half of what we worry about never happens.

Now here is a true, but difficult saying from Jesus himself: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27). Worry adds nothing to our situation or our lives. It doesn’t have to be this way. But how do we stop?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). Going to our Father in heaven, and looking for his peace is the answer as verse 7 goes on to say:. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Worrying gets us lost in our own world; lost in problems. So don’t worry! We can then be free to dwell on other things. Indeed, we are encouraged to do so in the next verse: “Whatever is true…whatever is is pure, whatever is lovely…think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

Our Father, through the Holy Spirit, will break the vicious cycle – if only we ask. He wants us to cast all our cares on him. So, let’s turn to him today and ask for the help he is so willing to give.

Eternal Father, please help us not to worry, even in times of difficulty. Help us to cast all our cares on you. We ask this in your precious Son’s name, Jesus Christ.

Study by John Merchant

About the Author:
John Merchant attends the Nottingham Grace Communion.

Local Congregation:
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane

Meeting time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Richard White
Email: nottingham@gracecom.church

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