What Causes Worry?

What you worry about is not nearly as important as why you worry.

worried1You may know and love God, but when you trust in anything other than God’s promises and provision for your life, then worry will turn your heart away from the Lord and turn your trust into distrust.  Jeremiah 17:5 “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.”

  • Distrust shows itself in Distorted Thinking: Trusting God to save you but not trusting Him to meet your everyday needs. Matthew 7:9–11 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
  • Distrust shows itself in make-shift control: Thinking that by mentally arranging future events you can control the outcome. Proverbs 29:25 “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Also read James 4:13–17.
  • Distrust shows itself in hyper-responsibility: Having a burdened sense of duty to make every area of your life perfect, not having learned to be content. Philippians 4:11–12 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
  • Distrust shows itself in projected guilt: Instead of confronting the real sin in your life, allowing false guilt to surface as worry in other areas. Psalm 32:3–5 “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’—and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”
  • Distrust shows itself in runaway emotions: Instead of choosing to respond to what Scripture says when you face difficulties, letting anxiety or fear have full control. Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”
  • Distrust shows itself in unhealthy need: Feeling a desperate need to have the approval of others and worrying about how you look, how you present yourself. Galatians 1:10 “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
  • Distrust shows itself in spiritual starvation: Trying to live on past spiritual nourishment, but starving for lack of a present spiritual intimacy with God. Psalm 34:8, 10 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him…The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”
  • Distrust shows itself in a trampled self-image: Lacking a sense of God-given self-worth, thus feeling powerless to cope with problems. Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

God has already promised to provide all the needs in my life through Christ. I don’t need to worry about how He will carry out that promise. I will trust Him to do it. Philippians 4:19 “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”