I need to ask you a
Do you lust
Seems a ridiculous
question doesn’t it? Who would willingly want to worry, or want to suffer the
effects of worry?
So, why am I
asking? Well, I was reading James 1 which talks about how we are supposed to
live in a state of trusting God with any and all circumstances in our lives. James points out the goal is to learn
to rest in our faith in Him and let God take care of things rather than letting
our minds run away with worry. Then I read verse 14, which says, “but each one
is carried away and enticed by his own lust.”
Now, I’ve generally
considered lust to refer to other sins, sins that bring pleasure because who would
lust for things that bring no pleasure at all? Apparently we do!
In light of
the context it’s clear that worry is a sin and it carries us away from sweet
fellowship with God. That choice is well within our control, and if we are
truthful we have to admit it's our own desire to worry over something or
someone rather than choose to trust Him.
Why is worry
sin? Because it denies who God is. Worry
is a liar. It says He’s not big enough to handle the situation. Yet, we know He’s
the Almighty, omnipotent God.
Worry tells Him we
don’t think He’s paying attention. Yet He’s a God who has gone before us,
behind us and has His hand upon us (Ps. 139:5), and His thoughts toward us are
more numerous than the sand (vs. 17 and 18.)
Worst of all, worry
acts as if God doesn’t love us, or the object of our concern. Take a look at
Romans 5:8, 38-39 and just see how much the Lord loves.
As humans, we are
so quick to run after worry in a situation rather than running to the feet of
our Father. Or, we run to Him but we keep our eyes on the worrisome thing
rather on who He is, and our thoughts get “carried away”... Ever notice that it only takes one of those little lies about God to head us in the wrong direction. Our thoughts begin to rush us head
long into despair. What would happen to worry if we put the situation in
perspective with Who God is?
When we run to Him,
acknowledging His strength, His attentiveness, and His love, we find ourselves
in that wonderful place of faith rest that James speaks of.
Verse 12 of James 1
says the result of having faith in God during those times is that we will
experience happiness. “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he
has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has
promised to those who love Him.” The
word “blessed” means happy. Wouldn't you agree that it's pretty hard to be
happy when you’re worried? But the same is true in reverse, it’s hard to worry
when you are happy. Near impossible when that happiness is rooted in who God
circumstance the answer is to trust God. We may not know how it will work out,
or what He will do, but we do know Him to be faithful. Psalm 107:1 says,
"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is
everlasting." When we realize that nothing comes to us unless it passes
through His lovingkindness, well, we can persevere, can't we?
With the bountiful
blessings available by being in Christ and the indwelling of His Holy Spirit, it's obvious that God never
intended that perseverance would mean being weighted down, unable to move,
curled up in a fetal position until the assault was over. Instead He has
blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies (Ephesians 1:3), He
provides a way of escape so we can endure (1 Corinthians 10:13).
A strange exchange
happens when we encounter God in what could otherwise be a worrisome situation.
We find rest. A mind focused on Him cannot spin out of control in worry. And we
are blessed. As we see in Isaiah
26:3, “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts
When we find
ourselves running after worry, let's stop! Think about our thoughts, confess
them as the sin it is. And trust God. Our Father sees. He is stronger than our
situation. And best of all, in His great love He will deal with it.
So, don’t worry!
Have faith! Find rest! Be Happy!