Confessions of a Serial Worrier

Mark HauthBY: Mark Hauth

EMAIL: markhauth@yahoo.com

BIBLE TEXT:I lift my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” –Ps. 121:1-2

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in  Christ Jesus.” — Phil. 4:6-7

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” –1 Peter 5:7

PERSONAL REFLECTION:  I have a confession to make. Apart from God’s intervention in my thought processes I can be a serial worrier  – a real “worry-wart,” as my mom used to say.  In my mind I can play out a worst case scenario whereby any situation can go from bad to worse to even worser.  A scratch on the arm can become an amputation. A sideways look from a boss could mean an imminent termination from a job.  As I write this, my wife and I are facing a financial situation and we don’t know what the outcome will be.  It might turn out to be nothing or it could entirely wipe out our savings (at least, in my mind), and it’s just the latest test of our faith and belief that God has everything under His control.

PERSONAL APPLICATION:  Worry is sin. It is basically telling God, the maker of heaven and earth, that He’s not up to the job of taking care of His children. It is a reiteration of the old lie in the garden of Eden, “Has God really said?…” But when you place your faith in Christ as Lord and Savior, you yourself become placed in the hands of the Father and no one can snatch anything out of His hands (John 10:29). There is such security in that, and worry is doubting the goodness of the One who tells us that “He is working all things together for our good” (Romans 8:28). No matter the circumstance, we can know that we will ultimately be okay.

PRAYER:  Help us, Lord Jesus, to run to You in those moments we’re tempted to worry about things and allow Your arms of love and encouragement to enfold us.. Help us to believe Your truth in the face of the enemy’s lies about our situation. May we realize that You are always faithful to us. Help us to take a deep breath and know… You’ve got this.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Mark lives in the Hermitage area with Wendy, his wife of 27 years. Several years ago they recorded an album titled Steadfast Heart.  They have been attending Life Assembly since about 2008.  Mark enjoys songwriting, composing instrumentals, playing keys, guitar, and trumpet/flugelhorn, and recording at his home studio. Check out his projects on iTunes: FlugelHymns  and FlugelHymns: Christmas.

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