“. . . he knelt down and prayed with them all." Acts 20:36
Worry if you want, but don’t forget, it won’t do any good. Worry is designed to draw us away from solitude with Jesus. He has something to say about what worries our mind. He wants to get our attention and continue to assure our heart that He knows full well what agitates our thinking. Worry works to choke out God’s deep call to us to come away and trust Him.
Paul had no reason to be worried. He once again set before these leaders the example of his own. His conscience was clear, he had not coveted financial gain and he had worked hard for the sake of the gospel, and then Paul knelt down to pray. Quite simply no one can pray and worry at the same time.
When the psalmist tells us to “Do not worry" he doesn’t mean for us to fall into passivity and indifference towards what we see. But, instead, to earnestly desire right over wrong, good over evil. This struggle is the determination of the incarnation, crucifixion, and ascension of the Son of God. We look to the finished work of Jesus to defeat the temptation to fret.
The command to not worry aims to defeat discontentment and a bitter spirit which can lead our heart to revolt against God. We are to refuse to blame God, or harbor a spirit of resentment over unfulfilled expectations.
Fretting forms the fall out of our future. If we lose our reverence for God’s ability to work in and within all situations, soon we will resent God and ones who love Him. If we lose our love, then love itself becomes hate. If we lose our character, then character itself becomes repellent to us. If life loses its height, then it will lose its breadth. This is the problem of worrying, everything is reversed. Wickedness and vice are dressed in the purple robe of royalty, while godliness wears rags.
Worry can cause irritability and blind anger. Worry can lead us into participating in the very thing we hate. We are to forgo fretting by focusing on the bigger picture of God’s long reach to deal with the wicked and reward the faithful. We need only to face our worry with the faithfulness of God.
Tell God why He's greater than your greatest worry.