We think that if we worry about something we will be able somehow to reduce the chances of whatever we’re worrying about happening, or if it does happen it won’t be as bad as it would be if we didn’t worry about it. Pastor Peter Haas, founding pastor of Substance Church in Minneapolis shares some statistics about worry that might cause us to think differently. Read this from “Waiting without worry by Susie Larson.
“Research shows that only 8% of the things we worry about actually come to pass. Of the 8% of worries that come to pass, research shows that only 4% of those things are things we could control anyway.”
In the end, that worry simply doesn’t make sense.
“It doesn’t actually help us at all. This is why the psalmist can say that the righteous man will have no fear of bad news because his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. In the end, he will look in triumph at his foes.”
Psalm 112:6-8 (NLT) 6 Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered.7 They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.8 They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.
It’s not that bad things won’t happen in our lives, but we don’t have to fear the bad things that do happen.
“The righteous man will have no fear of bad news because he knows how it’s going to end. No matter what happens to us, in the end, we will look at our past in triumph. Of the 4% of worries that are beyond our control, even those that do happen, when I look back on those moments, they are the most profound moments of my life.”
Even when the worst-case scenario happens, Peter says that God has enabled him to look back at those trials and see His hand at work on the other side.
“They are simply great stories to encourage people that pain is temporary. No matter who you are out there, I just want to encourage you that pain is temporary. If we could just take that eternal perspective and allow the Holy Spirit to give us that council, it’s going to change how we see things. I just want to encourage everybody to hold on. What is going on in your life right now, what you’re worrying about is temporary and God is going to show himself strong.”
Don’t Worry God Is On Your Side
In his letter to the Christians in Rome Paul Romans is a letter of instruction touching upon those main truths of the Gospel that Paul felt were needed by those in Rome. In chapter eight of that letter Paul introduces the purpose of God for those loving who loved him.
Romans 8:28-30 (NLT)28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Those who He called and made righteous He gave victory over all opposition because He is for us.
Romans 8:31-39 (NLT)31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Since God is for us we should not worry about anything. Paul summarizes these anythings into five areas. They are opposition, provision, accusation, condemnation, and separation.
In an article published on gwinnett.com. Jonathan Howes, Lead Pastor of Graystone Church, Loganville, Georgia tells us why we shouldn’t worry about these things. Here is the entire text of that article.
Never Worry About These 5 Things
In Romans 8:31-39 the Apostle Paul instructs Christians that God is for us, and he wants what is best for our lives. Through 5 rhetorical questions, the Apostle Paul reminds us of the incredible benefits of being on God’s team.
Since God is for us, we should never worry about these 5 things.
“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) If God is for us, we do not have to worry about opposition. If God is on our team, we win. If God is on our side, the enemy has no chance. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) The one who is in you, Jesus, is greater than the one in the world, Satan. Since God is on our side, we do not have to worry about opposition.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32) Since God gave us his only son, Jesus, He will graciously give us all things. Since God is for us, we do not have to worry about provision. God, our Heavenly Father, provides for all of his children. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.” (Romans 8:33) Since God is on our side, we do not have to worry about accusation. “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (1 John 2:1) In God’s court of law, Satan is the prosecuting attorney, and he is always accusing us of doing wrong. But here’s the deal. Jesus is our defense attorney. He speaks to God the Father on our behalf. And God is the judge. It’s nice to have the defense attorney and the judge on our side. As Christians, we do not have to worry about accusations.
“Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—and is at the right hand of God and is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34) The only person who can truly condemn us is Jesus. And he is for us. In fact, he died on the cross for our sins and is sitting at the right hand of God interceding for us. He is praying for us. He is speaking to the Father on our behalf. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1) We do not have to worry about being condemned, because “Jesus Christ died for our sins once and for all.” (1 Peter 3:18)
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39) Once we place our faith in Jesus Christ there is nothing that can separate us from the love of Jesus. We have a close, personal relationship with Him that lasts for all eternity. In fact, eternal life is to know God through His Son, Jesus (John 17:3).
Once we come to know Jesus personally, God is for us! And if God is for us, who can be against us? Let’s thank Him today that we do not have to worry about these 5 things: opposition, provision, accusation, condemnation, and separation.
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Isaiah 41:10-14 (NLT) 10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.11 “See, all your angry enemies lie there, confused and humiliated. Anyone who opposes you will die and come to nothing.12 You will look in vain for those who tried to conquer you. Those who attack you will come to nothing.13 For I hold you by your right hand— I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.
14 Though you are a lowly worm, O Jacob, don’t be afraid, people of Israel, for I will help you. I am the LORD, your Redeemer. I am the Holy One of Israel.’
Romans 8:35-39 (NLT) 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.