Years ago we took a young preacher into our home for a brief time to help him out. Quite often he’d sing the little chorus, “Why worry when you can pray.” But then, with a quaint smile, he’d change the words to, “Why pray when you can worry.” Using Ezra’s words, “I am ashamed and blush” to admit I have practiced the latter of these two renditions, more than the first.
When we worry, we become the victim, and paralyzed with fear. The root word for worry is to choke or strangle. Jesus said when we are full of care that we “choke the Word” within us; and it “becomes unfruitful.” Worry can neither prevent nor solve our problems. It’s futile, it drains us of our entire Spiritual and emotional energy. Most worry is beyond our control, and it’s very frustrating trying to control the uncontrollable.
Worry is a sin! It is diametrically opposite of trusting God. It is magnifying the problem in your life over the person of Jesus Christ. It’s misplaced focus, instead of looking to Jesus, we look at the waves. It is focusing on what you don’t want to happen, but believe will. Whenever we worry, the attention is centered on us, in spite of God continually exhorting us, “Look unto me." Someone said ego means, “Edging God out.” And this is exactly what worry will do every time.