“Worry indicates we’re not willing to let God handle certain things—at least not in His way, and certainly not in His time.” —Craig Groeschel, in The Christian Atheist
Worry is a control issue…
…that is, I want to be in control.
Worry is a sovereignty issue…
…that is, I think I know best how things should work out.
Worry is a trust issue…
…that is, I trust God only when things are happening on my timeframe.
Bottom line: Worry is sin when…
- …I allow something else to be bigger than God.
- …I allow something else to be more important than God.
- …I allow something to limit God.
- …I look more to myself for solutions than I look to God.
Any worry should be a call to prayer: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Any extended worry should be a call to repentance: Jesus commands us four times, “Do not worry” (Matthew 6:25-34).
Worry can be disguised in a lot of different forms, but it’s still worry. And it’s still sin. I’m working on this.