What Worry’s Not: Our Nature

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“I am simply a worrier, and I can’t change that.”

Have you ever heard those words? Said those words? We probably wouldn’t give up without a fight if our struggle was with lust or greed or hate. Somehow worry is considered inevitable, and maybe even acceptable. But check your Bible. Worry is not part of God’s plan, and no one’s nature is set in stone. When we discover weakness or separation from God in any area of our lives, resignation is a poor reaction. The book of Mark (chapter nine) tells of a man whose son was demon possessed.

Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

“‘If you can?’ said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Jesus healed the boy right then and there. If that man could ask for help with unbelief, then we can ask for help with worry. God will be our place of safety and our source of peace if we will let him.

While the Lord doesn’t always offer us a new set of circumstances, he does offer us a new nature. Don’t let “Old Slew foot” convince you that you are stuck with that load of worry you are carrying around. Take it to the Lord and leave it with him!

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