What Worry’s Not: Our Curse

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“I Deserve to Worry.”

I’m hoping you’ll throw that lie on the trash heap along with all the other garbage our enemy tries to feed us. He will do anything he can to thwart our intimacy with Christ. His lies might sound like this, “A spiritual baby like you can’t be yielded to the Lord,” or “You sin too much to expect God to handle your concerns.”

Nonsense. A mother hen gathers her chicks, not because they have earned her protection, and certainly not because they have displayed some particular talent or strength, but because they belong to her. Those chicks would be foolish, not to mention uncomfortable, if they stayed out in the storm alone, proclaiming, “We are too weak and insignificant to be worthy of your wings.”

Our weaknesses do not negate God’s love for us, nor do they ever make worry reasonable. Perfection is not a prerequisite for peace. Christ is still our refuge, even when we sin.

Confess. Repent. Receive forgiveness.

We may convince ourselves that we are unworthy of forgiveness and protection, moping around in what appears to be a righteous grief over our misdeeds. But is that grief really righteous, or just denial of God’s grace? Grace, by its very nature, has nothing to do with worth. Christ declared, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32). He is ours, not because we are so good or so worthy, but because we are his.

When we do fall, making excuses wastes time, as does wallowing in our own self-reproach. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Why wait? God will forgive us right away. Our Enemy tries to tell us otherwise, to worry us with that notion that we have irrevocably disqualified ourselves from God’s love and protection. He lies.

God is always ready to forgive us, to love us, to care for us. And so, we never “deserve to worry.”

This post is based on the writings of Hannah Whitall Smith

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