“Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.” – Francis Chan
I heard an announcer on the Christian radio station share this quote just a couple of days ago. It is such a good one but I had forgotten about it. I first become aware of this quote while reading Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love, quite a few years back. And it obviously stuck with me enough to want to write it down (as you can see in the image above).
It stuck with me because I do tend toward worry. And I didn’t always see it as a big sin in my life but then this quote blew that theory out of the water! It helped me see worry as a trust issue which needed to be dealt with.
After all, did I believe God to be finite, weak and uninterested in my life? When put in such a way, I knew that wasn’t true. I do believe God to be omnipotent, mighty and caring. But I also think my actions and my attitude don’t always reflect this belief.
So why not? I am reminded of Romans:15-16 from The Message which says, “What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.”
This section of Romans is dealing with the stronghold that sin has on our lives. Again, I didn’t always equate worry with sin but I do now. Therefore, now I can take this passage and look at it from the perspective of a worrier in desperate need of reform! Which is why the end of this chapter in Romans 7:21-25 offers me such insight and hope:
“It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin (worry) is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they (worries) take charge.
24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
25 The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin (worry) to do something totally different.” (The Message)
That we live a “life of contradictions” is so true! God desires peace and rest for my mind but I often pursue what I think is best instead and don’t trust God to be “big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening.” And in doing so I worry. And in my worrying I sin. And yet in my sin I can turn to the cross for forgiveness.
So maybe my worry isn’t such a bad thing after all as long as I recognize it for what it is and let this realization point me to the saving grace of Jesus. So then, what should I do about my worry? Allow it to turn me toward God and then lay my worries down at His feet.
After all, He’s big enough, powerful enough and loving enough to take care of them!