This is Celia C. Tillman bringing you greetings and encouragement from the Honey-Comb of Praises. Our lesson for this month is WHY DO WE WORRY? Many of us know why we worry but we have done it so long that it has become common place in our lives. Some of us will quickly say, “I don’t worry about anything, and nothing bothers me.” Well, let us define the word, WORRY. Worry is unease, and allowing our mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles, fears and concern. However, we may think that something bad has happened or could happen. Constant worrying can take a toll on our emotional and physical health. Worry is said to come from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning, “strangle or choke” (word.org).
There have been many problems brought on by worrying. It can affect the heart and cause high blood pressure, strokes; high levels of anxiety can trigger hormone level (New York Times). We are putting ourselves in great danger when we worry. The Bible teaches, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple is holy, which temple you are,” (I Corinthians 3:16-17). Worry can affect our mind, soul, and body. The Apostle Paul said, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 2:5).
My dear Sisters in Christ, as we look around us today, the minds of mankind are plagued with worry and anxiety. Mothers are worried about their wayward children, gang wars; nations fighting among each other for power and gain; homosexuality, killings; strife among family members, and deadly viruses which are claiming the lives of the old and young. And the saddest of all is that Christians who have turned their faces from God and no longer follow His precepts (guiding principles).
Many questions are being asked, “Is there any peace in this world, or what is the world coming to next? Ladies, we may not know what the next minute holds but we know who is coming, none other than Jesus Christ to assure us a permanent home with him in heaven, (John 14:1-4). However, while we are here on this earth, we should thirst for that peace that surpass all human ideology, conflict, worry, fear and anxiety, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 4:7). We must always remember Jesus saying, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,” (John 14:27). God is the source of our peace. We shouldn’t worry about anything, neither our lives, what we should eat, drink or our bodies of what we should wear, however, the standards we must follow is making sure our clothing exemplify Jesus Christ. Jesus takes care of everything, even the birds or fowls of the air, they don’t plant or harvest nor gather food and put in barns but God provide for them, (Matthews 6:25-28).
Ladies, you and I must understand that if we worry, we are targets for hindering the Gospel of Christ. We must keep our lives free of frustration and worry and replaced with things that are true, honest; things that are just, pure, lovely, things of good report, virtue and praise, (Philippians 4:8).
We can read in God’s word where Jesus is teaching a lesson on worry and fear to his disciples. However, these men feared for their lives because they were on a boat, and the water was raging but Jesus was asleep and they woke him up and said, “Master, carest thou not that we perish,” (Mark 4:35-41). Jesus didn’t say a word but got up and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, “Peace, be still”. The wind stopped and there was a great calm. Then Jesus spoke, “Why are ye so fearful?” How is it that ye have no faith?” The disciples were terrified and said, one to another, “What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Yes, the New Testament makes it clear that Jesus is Lord not only over his church but also over all creation, (Colossians 1:15-20); (Ephesians 1:22).
Ladies, all our wisdom comes from God and we must take hold of it and let it sink in our hearts (minds) for true meaning and edification. Jesus taught us that we can live a life absent of fear and worry. Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,” (Matthew 6:34 NIV)
QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT
- Do our children learn worry and fear from us as parents? Explain
- What are some solutions can we take to not to worry? Explain
- How can worrying hinder our effectiveness in spreading the Gospel of Christ? Explain
- Can excessive worrying destroy our bodies or cause bad health? Explain
- Who is most qualified to instruct us about the danger of worrying?
- What are some of the positive things that we should add to our live? Explain