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Somebody asked me recently if it was wrong to worry. Is the evidence of being a good parent the fact that we worry about our children? Should we worry about the future and our place in it? Is worry wrong? Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

Worry is simply allowing the fear of what might happen take over. Fear of the future does nothing but weaken us today. Psalm 49:5 says “Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me…” That does not say evil days will not come, but rather we should not fear when they do.

Fear and the resulting worry is evidence of our failure to recognize God’s promise of protection. Peter walked on the water until he looked around and doubted.

God's word says not to fear, but trust instead. Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” That is a promise we can hold on to.

Why worry when He has promised to help and hold us. The world is full of fear, you hear it every day. We should not buy into the fear, we should instead, "Do not call conspiracy all that this people call conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread.” (Isaiah 8:12)

Remember “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25) Furthermore God is Love, and Perfect Love casts out fear. (I John 4:8,18)

Lastly let me say personally, God has never given me any cause to doubt Him. That is not to say that I have never doubted God, just that He has never given me cause to. Any doubt that I have experienced is a result of my own lack of faith and not a result of His lack of Faithfulness. God is not faithful by virtue of His character alone, He is Faithful by definition. He is Faithful and He is Faithfulness. When we trust His Faithfulness and stand on His promises, we find the Peace of God. You can’t worry about the future and trust God’s Faithfulness at the same time, so pick one.

2 Timothy 1:7
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

Written by John Marino