When We Worry

by Yewande Olamiju

You’re unemployed and have no assets to liquidate. There has been no cash inflow for some months now and you have yet another bill to pay. The bills haven’t stopped coming in just because you’re strapped for cash. It’s also in this dry time that your car or household equipment that was previously working fine while you had cash to spare, waste or mismanage has decided to stop working.  

You’re an orphan and now your breadwinner is also gone.

An ongoing medical issue has drained your finances and still there’s no relief.

You may be in the proverbial rat race and you can’t seem to get ahead. At the start of every month you clear one debt just to run into another by the month’s end.

The doctor says the little ‘boil’ under your arm is a cancerous lump and you have no health insurance to cover the required treatment.

Your biological clock is ticking and there are still no marriage plans in the near future and all the pressure from your parents has not magically made your future spouse appear.

You’ve taken the University entrance exam for the fourth time and are still expecting admission into college for your choice of study.

The tendency in these situation is to worry. Our default mode when such situations arise is worry. We worry even though we know worrying achieves nothing. No matter how long you sit with your calculator, scheming and juggling figures your account balance remains the same and bills keep mounting.

When we worry we are telling God we don’t think He’ll come through. That we don’t think He will deliver. That we don’t think He’ll keep His word.   When we worry we have forgotten all the times He’s come through for us, all the deliverance He wrought for us in times past.

When we worry we miss out on great victories God wants us to achieve in His name, for our good and for His glory.

Our response as people God calls overcomers should be:

1. Jesus tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and all these things (food, raiment) shall be added. He said these things will be added to you. (Matt 6:25-34), so why worry.

2. Remind yourself that God does not lie. He cannot lie. (Heb 6:18). He’ll do what He promised.

3. Memorise scriptures that talk about God’s love, care, faithfulness and meditate on them whenever worry wants to rear its ugly head (Lam 3:22-23, 1 Pet 5:7, Matt 11:28 )

4. Ask for God’s help.  Cast your cares upon the Lord (1 Pet 5:7, Matt 11:28). Tell Him “Lord, I need encouragement right now. Please strengthen my faith.”

5. Remind yourself of the times God has brought you through. God reminded the Israelites often not to forget all He had done for them.

6. Let your soul be refreshed listening to the word of God, speak to yourself in songs and make melody in your heart (Eph 5:19, Col 3:16).

Enjoy the song by Point of Grace He holds everything.

God can see every single sparrow flying and every broken soul that’s crying, you’re in His reach.
If God can hold an ocean back with one little shore then what’s all this worry and doubting for?
He holds everything

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