I’m attending a Bible class and we are discussing what the Bible really teaches about certain topics as opposed to what we’ve heard others say the Bible teaches. Of course, that alone assumes a “someone is right, therefore, someone is wrong” approach. I’m trying to read the bible with fresh eyes, and not assume a meaning based on what I’ve heard or read in the past.
Worry is such a topic. My hubby and I were talking the other day about worry and we both agreed that it is worry that drives us to our knees in prayer. It is worry that prompts us to research God’s word. In most Christian circles we would be chastised for saying this because Christians aren’t supposed to worry.
Christians are “concerned” not “worried”. God forbid we should use that word we really mean. It reeks of our immature faith, right? How many times are we told not to worry? But if we said we’re “concerned” that would be accepted.
If we are dishonest everywhere else, let’s at least not be dishonest before God. If we’re worried, let’s tell God exactly that. Guess what? It’s what scripture tells us we’re supposed to do anyway.
I would even suggest that it was worry and intense anxiety, not mere concern, that drove Jesus to His knees. You don’t sweat tears of blood for a mere concern, now, do you? Jesus was divine but it was his humanness that was most certainly present in the Gethsemane garden.
Worry and anxiety that doesn’t bring us to God is what I believe Scripture is referring to when it says not to worry.
Philippians 4:5 & 6 doesn’t say “worry not”. It says we should bring our worry and anxiety, all of it, to God in prayer. And that when we do that, we will find peace and comfort and our hearts (the seat of our emotions) will be protected.
During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus does teach that we shouldn’t worry.But here, He is referring specifically to having our physical needs of food, clothing, shelter and water met. There is nothing in the Ten Commandments that says not to worry and there is nothing in the Lord’s Prayer that says not to worry.
I am NOT suggesting that worry is good, however. Continual worry and anxiety leads to a host of medical problems. What I am suggesting is that we don’t add to our worry by condemning ourselves for our worry.
What I would like to see happen from is for Christians to study the this subject thoroughly for themselves. I would like to see Christians not espouse someone else’s views. I would like Christians to avoid taking verses out of context (which I see all the time).
God bless and I hope you have a good day and a last-fun-holiday-before -school week-end.
ps. Guess where we are?
You got it. My favorite place in the world, (teeny-tiny-red-cabin) so you won’t hear from me tomorrow for a review of the week.
But you should really go back and check them out. 😃😃