Is Worry Robbing You?

“I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 7:32  

Yesterday, I told the story of the first time my wife was pregnant. It wasn’t long before we got the news that the baby had gone to be with our Savior. But the story did not stop there… only a few months later, I came home from work and my wife hit me with some more big news. 

“Jordan guess what?” She said, “We’re pregnant! We are having a baby!” And If I am being honest, at that moment, I appeared happy on the outside, but from the second the word “baby” was spoken, the primary emotion I was experiencing was worry. 

Every time she had pain, I would worry. Every time we went to the doctor, I would worry. When it came time to tell people, I worried. When it came time to talk about names, I would worry. I did not want to read parenting books or take parenting classes. I didn’t want to talk about baby stuff. I did not want to think about the pregnancy at all. 

Because somewhere in the back of my mind, I was convinced that it wasn’t going to work out and I didn’t want to get excited or attached to something that was going to disappoint us and hurt us again.  

I was a prisoner of my own worries, and because of the worry that overcame me and imprisoned me, I was incapable of experiencing joy in one of the most exciting times of my life.  

That is what WORRY does: it robs us. Let me ask you a question, do you worry? Now if you said yes, let me ask you another question, has your worry ever done any good?  

Mine hasn’t. Someone once said, “worry is like a treadmill…it’s something that wears you out and doesn’t take you anywhere.” Worry is something that freezes you in life and prevents you from being free. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 7:32. “I would like you to be free from concern.”  

Are you free from concern? If not, what has it gotten you? When you trust God fully, you do not have to worry, and you do not have to be robbed of the life He wants you to live! 

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bible verse

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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