When Worry Robs Us of Our Faith

In times of worry, we need to remember what Jesus has said to us and turn to him.

I collect quotes about worry. Can you identify with these?

"Worry is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere."
"We have moments absolutely free from worry. These brief respites are called panic!"

These sayings about worry make me laugh, but the following statements about worry by George Mueller make me think.

"The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith. The beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety."
"All our fret and worry are caused by calculating without God."

When we worry, we’re saying, “God can’t.” If we are walking in anxiety, we’re not walking in faith. We want to be women of faith, yet often worry becomes our middle name. We know the agony of its clutches. We’re familiar with the small trickle of fear that meanders through our minds until it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

We Must Conquer this “God Can’t" Disease

Jesus had much to say about worry in Matthew 6:25–34. In these familiar verses, Jesus tells us five times to stop worrying. I think he wants us to get the message! He labels worry, or anxiety, as a sign of a faith problem. He forbids anxiety and commands us to be women of faith.

Instead of being anxious, we are to fix our focus on God and his righteousness. Verse 34 gives a key to worry-free living; the Living Bible translation makes it crystal clear: “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” Oh, it is true—the load of tomorrow added to that of yesterday, carried today, makes even the strongest woman stumble.

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