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There is a Reason People Call it Worrying Yourself to Death

It’s so funny how many of our worldly everyday sayings have biblical truths behind them. Just think about it… the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you Matthew 7:12….Even Scarface’s famous line came from God’s word Psalm 50:12 ….for all the world is mine and everything in it. God’s word is truth, and it is our guide to this life. That’s right even worrying yourself to death is in the bible.

Romans 8:6 Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death, but letting the Holy Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

Something that God keeps making very apparent in my relationship with Him is the importance of memorizing His word. Last week I memorized this verse. Literally a couple of days later Colby and I had an unexpected financial event come up that really had me on edge. One of our big goals in moving to Oklahoma was to pay off our debt in large amounts. We really would not have a lot of bills here,and he would be making a little extra money. We had worked it out that we could pay $ 1,000 dollars a month with the money we were saving in rent. Then we had to purchase insurance for me. There was really no way around it since its basically illegal to not have it. So here we were with this brand new four hundred dollar monthly expense! All I could think was wow, we just picked up the equivalent of our rent expense that I thought we were going to avoid in coming here. I was so stressed, and it was consuming me. I just kept going over it in my head and wondering if we had made the right decision. How was this happening? How were we going to stay on track for paying off our debt?

That night as we mulled over the details of it all Colby said, “Ashley say our verses.” As I said them I realized that I was letting my sinful nature control my mind! It was literally sucking the life and joy out of me. We then prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to control my mind because I needed peace. In the midst of all the chaos of this unexpected event and things not going as perfectly as I planned God began to bring light to the situation. I reflected and realized how fortunate we were to be able to afford insurance for the both of us. Especially since babies are in our future. Plus we still would be able to pay $500 to our debt each month. We’re so blessed, and we owe that all to God.

The point is when we get so wrapped up in our problems it devours us. It blinds us to what great things God is already doing for us. The best part is God knows. He knows us and loves us. He is the lover of our souls. You think He didn’t know when He knit me in my mother’s womb that I was a worrier. Of course He did, that is why He gave me this verse this week, and His Holy Spirit to control my mind. He has it all covered. I can remember some of the darkest valleys in my life where I was forced to turn to Him because there was no where else to go. Some of the worst things that could have happened to me, like my DUI for example, I thought were the end of life as I knew it. God was in complete control though and He gets glory EVERY time I tell that story now. He used that horrible thing to change my life, and start a relationship with Him. You see that is one of the great marvels of God He can take something ugly and horrible and turn it in to something beautiful and useful. Think about Jesus’ horrible and gruesome death. Just picture it, a man beaten and bruised and nailed to a wooden cross. Now look at what God did with it. He used it! He used it as the gateway for us to be with Him again.

Another verse that I memorized this week was 2 Corinthians 4:7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are just fragile clay jars holding this great treasure. This lets us know that our great power comes from God and not from ourselves. Just think about that image. If we are a clay jar with a light inside how can people see the light? The only way is through our brokenness. That is when the light that comes from Jesus Christ shines through. It shines through our cracks and broken pieces. In other words people see Jesus the clearest in me through all my failures and all the hard things I have faced in this life.

I found comfort in knowing that when I worry myself to death (literally…..and about the stupidest things) that God has the best solution for that. All I have to do is abandon my sinful nature and allow Him to do what He knows is best for me. Then I get to bask in His peace and man is that the best feeling in the world. The feeling of just really living life with a purpose and being comforted by the Holy Spirit. You see we really have little control over what happens to us in this life. The faster we can come to terms with that the easier our lives will be. Ask God to control your mind today and enjoy life and peace instead of death.

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