"So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless." (NIV) Eccl. 11:10
God created man with the dust and His breath which makes man both a spiritual and physical being. The demands of the flesh on mankind are so great that they cause many to worry and live a life full of fear. Students are worried about academic work and those who could not get admissions for various reasons are worried about not being in school. Those working are worried about losing insecure jobs while the non-workers are anxious for employment. If we don’t have money we are worried, if we have money, we worry about where the money goes. If you don’t have a car you are worried, if you get one you worry about it breaking down or spend too much on fuel and maintenance. If we are not medically well we are worried, if we are well we are worried because we don’t want to be sick.
Though we are not to worry, life cannot be without concerns. Living a concerned life will help us to be more responsible. For example, concern about health makes you engage in safe and healthy practices. Concern about old age helps you plan and practice good family life. Concern about your soul urges you to seek the truth and live by it. But when we allow our concerns to become burdens and worry on us that is where the problems begin.
We can categorize what we worry about into three ways. Some people are always worried about past events. Beloved, you can never turn back the hands of the clock. Past actions can never be reversed so are spoken words even after an apology is rendered. Accept your past decisions, appreciate the good ones and acknowledge the wrong ones and seek forgiveness from God. Forgive yourself and move on, we are still trying to be perfect in Christ. Always remember Apostle Paul’s strategy “But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” Phil 3:13
Sometimes, we worry about things that will surely happen. You cannot stop yourself from growing old. Death will surely come, and no human can change that. Judgment is surely coming; you must find Christ as an advocate rather than worrying about it. Lastly, some worry about assumptions or things that will rarely happen.
As children of God, our loving Father knows what we need even before we ask (Matt. 6:32). As we were not born to worry but learnt it on earth, we can equally decide not to worry. It is unnecessary to worry with the Omnipotent God as your Father. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matt. 6:33). Amen