I was spending the night in a guestroom furnished with a beautiful antique bed. The bed frame hadn’t been assembled properly. Around midnight, the whole thing came apart and sent me crashing to the floor. Once my heart stopped pounding, I spent the rest of the night sleeping on the dislodged mattress. No real harm was done. But what if every night since then I’d gone to bed concerned about a crash? I’d rarely get much sleep even though:
- Beds don’t usually come apart in the middle of the night.
- A midnight collapse would do little damage.
- My useless concern wouldn’t help hold the bed together anyway.
My worries, like all worry, would be a waste of time, stealing my joy and disturbing my peace.
Why do we lay our concerns before the Lord and then fret about how things will turn out? Isn’t that a lot like falling wearily into bed, only to lie there tense and worried all night about whether or not it will hold us? What sort of rest do we miss by such an exhausting habit?
Ahhh, but we can always find a reason to be anxious, an explanation as to why we can’t embrace joy, peace and happiness with a holy abandonment. Our excuses are lame. The Bible discredits each and every one. For example:
WORRY IS INEVITABLE
One excuse for worry goes something like this, “I can’t help but worry because my circumstances are so very frightening!”
When a violent storm threatened to sink the disciples’ fishing boat, Jesus questioned their fear directly, asking, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Mathew 8:26). Our troubles are seldom more terrifying than theirs was.
Troubles compel us to take refuge in God. He stands ready and waiting beside us in every event and circumstance of life. Even in difficult times, the Bible calls on us to praise our compassionate Lord, “who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). He gives us comfort so that we can share it. Have we convinced ourselves that we’re unworthy of God’s loving care? That he has no interest in our trials? That any time now he is going to assign us to some horrible task, leaving us to complete it on our own? None of those worries line up with scripture. He loved us “while we were yet sinners,” knows even the number of hairs on our heads, and promises to equip us for every good work.
No, worry is never inevitable, because God is always bigger than whatever we fear!