Published July 26, 2011

Paul's Epistle...
"What, me worry?"

Perhaps you remember the famous mascot of "Mad" magazine dating back to the 1950s, Alfred E. Neuman, and his signature phrase, "What, me worry?" It was meant as a jab at those who were intellectually uncurious — or simply apathetic.

Actually, "What, me worry?" could illustrate quite the opposite. For a Christian, we don't need to worry about anything when we place our cares in the Lord's hands. We are told, cast "all your care upon Him, for He careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7).

Almost two years ago, Karen Peck & New River put out an appropriately-titled CD, "No Worries." Included was a song called "Why Should I Worry." It's a good reminder about "casting" our cares on the Lord. Karen subsequently wrote a devotional about it, and, because it's such a common problem for all of us, I wanted to share that devotional with you today, by permission

"Why Should I Worry"
by Karen Peck Gooch of Karen Peck & New River

Why should I worry?

I read the other day that 90 percent of the things we worry about never take place! Very funny. Knowing what I know now, I wish I could turn back the clock and do some things over! I could have saved myself a lot of grief and worry. Looking back I realize that the things I worried about never happened. I stressed over nothing.

I sometimes laugh at myself for being so inconsistent. I can believe things for other people and never doubt that God will come through for them. However, when it comes to some of my situations, I wonder if things will work out in my favor!

Why do I worry?

Do I feel that God's not going to answer my prayers the way I want them to be answered? Do I feel out of control? Insecure? Not sure of myself? Maybe it's the fear of the unknown. Maybe it's just FEAR itself. And you know what? FEAR is the opposite of FAITH. Hebrews 11 says that without faith it's impossible to please God. Honestly, I want to please God with my faith. I've really been praying and asking Him to help me not to worry about the least little thing that comes along. Oh my goodness. My son, Matthew, has one more year of high school and then off to college! I'm really having to pray hard about that one! Lol.

Worry says I won't make it; FAITH says I will.
Worry causes doubt; FAITH causes belief.
Worry destroys; FAITH builds.
Worry brings on stress; FAITH gives peace that passes all understanding.

There is a solution for worrying. I find that when I'm in total fellowship with the Lord and I'm reading His word, I don't worry as much. I know His word is true. He gives me peace during the storms and assures me that as long as I have faith and trust in Him, everything will work out. I realize that HIS will is better than my will. However He chooses to answer my prayers, is really ok. He's in control and I'm fine with that. I surrender.

I love Matthew 6:25-27 where Jesus says, "Therefore I say to you, DO NOT WORRY about your life, what you will eat or what will you drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his statue?"

Then verses 31-34 says, "Therefore DO NOT WORRY, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore DO NOT WORRY about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things."

Works for me.

Love in Christ,
Karen Peck

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