NOTES ALONG THE JOURNEY - XXXIII
WORRY OR WORSHIP
There was an awakening among the passengers who were lazily lounging around the platform. Luggage was secured, people sat up in their seats and some stood up. All attention was turned to the south from where the train was turning into the station.
I waited with the rest of them and as the massive diesel electric engine rumbled closer, the ground vibrated beneath me, sending a wave of anxiety up my legs and into the pit of my stomach. Would my name be on the list, could the computer have made a mistake, would I find somebody occupying my place and would I have to fight with him to reclaim my berth?
I asked myself. After all these years, and after the hundreds of times when I have boarded a train, why is it that I still feel apprehensive every time I see a locomotive come in? The reason was not hard to unearth-unreasonable fears had been turned on and they were churning within me.
If you are a worry wart like me, it does not need fifty tons of steel on wheels to instil fear in you. Worry is a habit and it only needs the flimsiest cause to set it in motion. And it thrives feeding on worst case scenarios. That mild neck pain maybe the first sign of a serious disc problem that could leave you paralysed. You read the newspaper and it says that the sensex has crashed.
Immediately,the old nature starts feeding you worst case scenarios. You know this could be the beginning of a meltdown and your savings might just disappear.
Now let's look at worry and see it for what it really is.
Worry is worship. When you worry, you are actually saying that circumstances or people have more power over what happens to you than God has.
Worry is sin. God commands us, do not kill, and do not commit adultery. The same God tells us "do not worry about your life" (Matt. 6:23). It does not say we can worry about the big things in your life or parts of your life. The same God tells us, "do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything" (Phil. 4:6). It does not say we can, under certain circumstances worry about certain things.
Worry is unbelief dressed up in respectable clothes.
'Come on, it's not that bad.' If that's what you are thinking, let us go to Hebrews three. God was angry with a whole generation of people, and why? Because of their unbelief.
Sometimes I have thought, God must be so exasperated with me just like He was with the people of Israel. It reminds me of an old song: "We say we trust Him with eternity, but we snatch moments away." We trust Him with tomorrow's cares, but insist on bearing the ones today. Is this really how He wants us to live?
Trusting does not mean we lean back and become apathetic to what goes on around us. It means, we do the things that have to be done abiding in Him and knowing all along that God is in control.
Worry is a thief. It robs us of joy and peace--fruit of the spirit that should be ours in plenty.
Next time we are tempted to worry, let's turn on the praise and worship.
The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful (Matt. 13:22).