Worry and Peace: The Identity

“I’m worried.”
“I have a headache.”
“I woke up last night and couldn't get back to sleep.”

Have you ever found yourself saying these things? Is worry something you wrestle with? Do you find yourself struggling with anxiety? The reality is that worry is a temptation that many of us face. Maybe it’s because of something you are concerned might happen. Or it could be anxiety about something you are concerned might not happen. Life comes with uncertainty, and we often find ourselves facing challenging situations and temptations. Should Christians worry? Is worry a sin? That’s what we’ve been looking at over the last few weeks in our Spot of Grace.

Last week we talked about worry as a choice. You may have cause to worry, but you don’t have to worry. Today I want to remind you of something that really has helped me when I wrestle with anxiety. For the last two years at Grace Church we have been working our way, verse by verse, through the amazing book of Romans. Some time ago, we studied this verse:

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Romans 8:16

Think about that. The God of the universe is our Father! We are children of the Most High God! As I considered the truth of this verse, I thought of an illustration. Being a child of God and worrying about what might or might not happen is a bit like being the son or daughter and heir of a millionaire and worrying about having water to drink. A millionaire is more than able to provide water for his children. The God of the universe is more than able to care for you.

Through my studies and prayer, I have concluded that because worry is a lack of faith and trust in God, worry is a sin. When you worry, you question whether God is willing or able to care for you. Worry causes us to look to ourselves. Trust calls us to look to Christ. The truth that I am a child of God has really encouraged me in this area of worry and anxiety.

A couple weeks ago I asked you to think about how God is superintending your life. He is all powerful and ever present. What do you have to face in your life that God isn’t able to take care of? If He doesn’t choose to remove the challenge, He promises to provide what you need the most - Himself.

For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Psalm 95:7

 Think about this quote again as I close:  “You should not begin to pray for all you want until you realize that in God you have all you need."
-Augustine