I’ve heard it said that worrying is like sitting in a rocking
chair; it keeps you busy, but gets you nowhere. Although some worry leads to
action and therefore, change, worry is generally counterproductive and in a subconscious way, an insult to God who said 365 times in His word, “Don’t worry.”
Certainly, worry keeps us busy. It also keeps us awake at night,
leads to fear, and double mindedness. There are other things that keep us busy,
yet get us nowhere:
Gossip- I have had friends that left me feeling guilty when leaving their presence. I uncomfortably sat through a Christian gossip session (perhaps you’ve attended one of them- they ask for prayer on someone’s behalf, all the while saying too much or slandering the other person) and wasn’t brave enough to speak up.
Gluttony- I have also had my share of overeating and that leaves me feeling guilty.
Self-centeredness- This can be unconscious. I remember being so preoccupied with failing God that I spent more time focusing on myself rather than God. Unbelievable.
Among many other things, these three alone can have us on an endless rocking chair session; busy as bees, but take us nowhere we will grow in Christ. Gossip, gluttony, and
self-centeredness can be subconscious, but if noticed, can lead to worry and self-condemnation.
The important thing is becoming aware of our rocking chair. We mustn’t grow fond of it. We must make a habit of examining ourselves regularly to see if there is a habit or behavior that hinders us, spiritually. We must take God at His word and realize that our lives truly are in His hands and He reigns over every situation. No matter the outcome, He is in control. We read about people like Gideon in the book of Judges, chapter 6, for example. He has just been told, “Mighty man of valor, the LORD is with you,” and Gideon responds in a way many of us still do today- “If the LORD is with us, why has all this happened…?” That question can keep us on our rocking chair for days.
Trust God. Easier said than done for our finite minds. I experience the frustration of seeing my child worry about things in school that shouldn’t cause him such anxiety. I tell him, “Son, if you knew how much I love you and look out for you, you wouldn’t worry. You would relax and enjoy your day.” What a powerful truth we all need to fully grasp.
God is with us. God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). If we love Him, we obey His commandments (John 14:15). If we obey His commandments, we are staying connected to Him, feeding our spirit with His word. The more we do this, the more we stay in prayer, the further from worry we will be. It will be more second nature to praise Him and be still, knowing He is God
Let’s take Him at His word. Leave the rocking chair behind. We’ve gone back and forth too many times.