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By Alan Yusko

Is it a sin to worry? Is this a topic to be concerned about in these last days? The simple answer is NO, it is not a sin to worry. It is more of a growth issue than a sin issue. A young Christian will go through trials and worry more than a mature Christian. It is all a matter of faith in God and trust that He is in control. A person who matures in his faith will realize that God is able to deliver and protect.

I have found when faith is strong then there is very little worrying going on. However, when drained and when faith is a bit weak then it is very easy for worrying to creep into play.

Lets look at an example with the Lord Jesus:

Mark 14
3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.
7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.

Above is the story who anointed Jesus' head with very expensive perfume. Some present thought this was a great waste of money. However, notice verse 8. The Lord Jesus said this was done to anoint his body for burying. This means that He knew that tomorrow He would be dead. However, He was calm and peaceful as He had perfect faith in God the Father.

Do you think you could look death like the Lord Jesus and simply carry on with little concern about it? If anyone had the right to worry it was the Lord Jesus. He knew the time of His death was near. Yet He trusted and had perfect faith in this situation.

This is a good example for us. As we learn, grow, and mature in Christ, we will learn to trust God for bigger and bigger problems. Looking back in time, the things that upset us as a baby Christian no longer do so as faith in God can carry through the storms of life. As we grow in Christ we are then able to trust in God for bigger problems. This whole life is filled with problems and trials. Our goal should be to trust in the Lord through each and every one of them. This is a goal but is not always reality. We all have times of weakness when trials really cause distress and discouragement. However, when we strengthen in the Lord, those worry's go away and we are able to stand on our faith in God.

Trust is the key. The more faith and trust in the heart of a believer toward God, the less worrying will occur! Again this is a growth and maturity issue. As we get older in the Lord our faith and trust increases. Here is what the Bible says about trust:

Prov 3
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

God wants His people to trust in Him. He is very involved in our lives and God loves us as a parent loves his children. As we trust in God through the pains and trials of life we are pleasing Him.

The key also is to constantly talk to God. In fact, talking to God is called prayer. To pray a person does not need to meet in a special place at a special time. No, just as a child talks constantly to his parents, so Christians can talk to God. Pray constantly throughout the day. Make your requests and concerns known. Thank the Lord constantly and seek His blessing in all that you do. Once you cover a situation in prayer then let faith and trust take over and let the Lord work. Again this is a growing process but over time you will see it is possible to trust God through the storms of life.

Phil 4
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

God bless as you walk in faith and trust with the Lord Jesus!

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