Robber Worry is not bashful nor is he nice. He lurks in the shadows and sneaks around in the sunlight. He hides behind curtains, under beds, and in dark corners.
He is large, he is small, and he can present himself in any shape, thought, or substance that he desires. His one objective is to bring unrest to a stable mind, illness to the heart, and pain to the stomach.
Worry is a master at his craft and has shackled many to the folly of his whims.
Do not let the whimpy sound of his name fool you for he is a force to be reckoned with. He is proficient at enslaving those who choose to give him time….and he will rob his victims of peace, joy, and a sound mind.
Everyone who has walked this life has met robber Worry. His invasions come whether we like it or not and he enjoys basking in glory when his victims jump on board the revolving cycle of his worry-go-round.
I am not afraid to announce that I do not like robber Worry, but as much as I keep on the lookout for him, he still somehow manages to slip in and ensnare me in his net from time to time.
So how does this intruder get away with it? By conjuring unvalidated fear. He simply searches for weak spots and then feeds them with his favorite tactic – what if. Once he’s learned what our fears are such as, germs, the future, debt etc. he begins to spins things into motion to capture our mind, emotions and focus. When all eyes are on him, he has accomplished his goal by robbing his victims of peace, joy and sound mind, leaving them in bondage to their unvalidated fears. But that is not all he takes. Most dangerously, worry steals attention away from God.
Worry has a way of exposing many things, as well as, block our awareness of God. If we are focused on the “what if” then we are not focused on God or our trust and faith in Him. Worry exposes who is in charge of our lives and if it is us, then we have a good reason to worry. But if it is God, then worrying is counterproductive and unnecessary.
When we begin to feel anxious about something (and we all do) we need to redirect our focus and place the thing that is worrying us in the hands of God. He will either take care of the problem or show us how to handle it. When we consistently do this our faith grows – setting us free from our fears and sends robber Worry packing.
Fears happen, they are a fact of life but premature fears are nothing short of slavery. Why enter into bondage when Christ has freed you from it?
Jesus said to his disciples; “therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens, they do not so or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable are you than birds!
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink, do not worry about it, but seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” Luke 12:22-31
“I have told you those 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