The High Cost of Worry

April 20, 2020

Read 2 Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (nasb)

 
Reflect

How do negative thoughts and “what-ifs” keep you in a state of fear? Why is it hard to be happy and worried at the same time? How does it make you feel knowing that God is with you wherever you go?

What a toll worry takes in our lives! First, it has a negative effect on our health. Studies show that worry decreases our immune system and thus our ability to fight off illness. Chronic worry causes high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in our bodies, which is linked to heart disease and stroke.

Worrisome thoughts cause confusion. Our brains contain more than two billion megabytes of capacity to handle the challenges and problems of daily life. But when we’re preoccupied with worry and fear, thoughts become tangled and logical thinking can actually be blocked. Chronically worried people complain they can’t concentrate and are easily distracted from daily chores and tasks.

Worry saps our energy. All of us have a certain supply of emotional and physical energy for every day. Yet, if we use it up worrying, we can run out of gas and burn out. We spin our wheels but don’t get anywhere. I don’t know about you, but I need all the energy I can muster to deal with what’s on my plate each day!

Each of us has God-given talents and gifts to bless others with, but fear and worry keep those talents in the closet. It causes us to avoid new situations and miss taking advantage of opportunities to develop and utilize our gifts. I love this quote because it’s so true: “All of us have reservoirs of full potential,” says Swiss psychiatrist Paul Tournier, “but the road that leads to those reservoirs is guarded by the dragon of fear,” a dragon that can sideline you from the very purpose you’re designed for, especially when what God is calling you to do involves taking a risk or leaving your comfort zone.

Worry sets us up for failure. “I was afraid that was going to happen!” said a mother of a teenage driver who had just had his first wreck. Fear creates what we fear; it has a magnetism that attracts or quickens the approach of the feared event. As Job said, “What I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me” (Job 3:25 nasb).

Worry robs us of faith. Just like a seesaw, worry and trust rise and fall proportionately. When one increases, the other decreases.

So, each of these reasons should motivate us to never stuff or deny our worries, but to deal with them head-on and break free. In the midst of our anxious, worry-prone world, God tells us throughout scripture, don’t be worried, anxious, afraid, or terrified. The One who knows the end from the beginning also knows every emotion men and women will struggle with. Although the fearsome things on this earth seem to multiply, no matter what we have to face, God’s message doesn’t change.


Pray
Lord, thank You for the many ways You comfort and protect me. Please help me to let go of fear. Amen.
 

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This is very thoughtful way of thinking, I am in a relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord. While reading my bible I talk to Jesus, about, how I feel for the day, yes it help me with worry.
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I like the verse that the devotional quoted about Job drawing troubles into his life because he was operating in a state of fear. There is a secular teaching called, The Law of Attraction. Do you know any other scriptures that support this self-help law?
Thank you for today's encouragement. It reminds me of this song: "why worry when you can pray. Tell Jesus, He will lead the way. Don't be like doubtful Thomas, but lean upon His promise, why worry, worry, worry when you can pray"! Lord, help me today to refuse to worry, and trust You in all circumstances. Amen!
Amen thank you Back to the Bible for the encouragement
I knew a minister who's going on to be with the Lord who when he was younger was called to the missionary field in Arizona 2 tribes of Indians out there where Mormonism is really heavily inundated in the area. He refused to take his children with him and his wife because he feared that they would become Mormons serious when I met him his kids were grown and they were Mormons and I showed him in the scripture where our own fears will come Upon Our Own heads. He told me I wish I would have known about that scripture and took them with me it was one of his biggest regrets but God forgave him of course oh, and he had a mighty Ministry raise the Dead cast out demons Play Hands on the sick and they recover signs and wonders definitely followed him and the preaching of God's word, so this is a real good message to everyone to realize that we have to keep focused and not allow worry anxiety fear all negative thoughts to rise up in a the take those thoughts captive unto The Obedience of Christ and I speak from my own experience I fell in this much but I'm learning
Father I struggle with worry at times! It’s been that way my whole life ! I’m saved and belief and trust in You ! It’s just hard at times when I go through my trials But I know you are my foundation! Thank you for always seeing me through! In Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
I stand.. Never alone. Praise Lord Jesus Christ.
This is great. I like the verses in Lamentations which discusses: "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed; His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness." Lam. 3:22-23. Thank You!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. I just learned that this fear is of leaving God, fear of straying from him. Stay close to God and don’t worry! Amen
I thank you for my daily devotion it helped me to realize that I need to pray more about worrying.
Great read and well composed, thought out Devotional material. For many years I struggled with Fear when I knew very well that the Lord God has deposited so much in the inside of me. Thanks for this great article Back To The Bible.