Out of Control

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Key Bible Verse: You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3)

Dig Deeper: 

When we found lumps on my wife’s body and she underwent tests, we had to wait days to find out [the results]. During the wait, I had to remind myself that worry was not going to change the diagnosis. Worry hasn’t made one person pregnant or not pregnant. Worry won’t protect the teenager who is out past curfew. Worry won’t get you a job, a home, or a car loan. Worry, Jesus says, is useless.

If worry is sinful, then it’s just another face of pride. Jesus points this out when he says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes” (Matt. 6:25 NIV, emphasis mine)? Do you see the personal pronouns here? What has mastered the worrier is a complete obsession with her life. She has contracted a myopia of sorts in which she can’t see past her own world. Worry is a particular brand of narcissism worn by people who love to be in control — people like you and me. So when things have gotten a bit out of control for us, we obsess over how we can get back into control. We call this whole frantic search for control worry.

—Bryan Loritts in Saving the Saved

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