What is a Christian to do when faced with the worries of the world?
For as long as I remember, I’ve been a worrier. And is it any wonder? Just take a look at the headlines today and see the sorry state the world is in. There’s terrible fighting in the Ukraine and the Middle East. Ebola is spreading like wildfire throughout Africa and thousands are dying. Racial hatred and injustice thrives. The gap between rich and poor is widening at an alarming rate. There is anger, murder, and unspeakable violence in our communities. Our world is spinning out of control, and things appear to be getting worse and worse.
As Christians, we live in this broken world, but we’re not of this world. Our Kingdom is a spiritual one, and we walk by faith and not sight. Still, with all the negativity that surrounds us on a daily basis, it’s hard not to worry. Even as a Christian, I’ve found myself wracked with fear at times. Fear of the future. Fear of poverty. Fear of sickness and disease. The list goes on, but I’m sure you get it. Odds are you’re like me, and find yourself worrying at times too.
Worry About Nothing
When I was younger, a wise, older Christian once told me to “worry about nothing, and pray about everything.” These words really struck home and had a positive affect on me, and I jotted the saying down on my Bible’s inner cover page. The words are still there today, and I refer to them from time to time.
“Worry about nothing and pray about everything” is sound advice to be sure, and something that all Christians can greatly benefit from. Even though things look grim and our hearts and minds are troubled, we can go to Christ in prayer and ask for help. Jesus is our Advocate and God is our Father. In prayer, we can let Jesus and God know exactly how we feel and unburden ourselves completely, speaking freely and sharing our innermost fears.
Prayer then is one of our best defenses against worry. No matter our troubles, no matter our fears, Jesus is there for us. Eager to listen and eager to help.
Jesus tells His disciples there will be trouble in this world, but counsels us not to be afraid:
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Matthew 24:6
Jesus has overcome the world, and through Him we can find peace:
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
These verses are very comforting to a troubled mind. With full assurance we can put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ our Savior. No matter how bad things look, Jesus will help us when we’re worried and afraid.
So the next time we read the headlines and find ourselves worrying about world events and the state of our society. The next time we wake in the middle of the night, panicked about our personal finances or declining health. The next time we find ourselves alone and afraid, fearful for our future here on earth. When all looks dark and miserable and there seems to be little hope.
“Worry about nothing, and pray about everything.” Jesus will comfort us in our times of worry and trouble. He absolutely and truly loves each and everyone of us. Just pray and ask Him for help, just like we’re encouraged to do in one of my favorite hymns:
What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.
What A Friend We Have In Jesus, Joseph M. Scriven 1855
Until next time! Stay positive and keeping living Jesus one day at a time.