Painting: " Wanderer Above the Sea and Fog," in the year 1818
There is an old saying, that the Month of March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb. I once thought the reason the winds and rains in the northern hemisphere were so fierce in March, was due to winter's howling protest at being replaced by Spring. Although winter pitches a screeching fit, it limps away as the daffodils and hyacinths appear.
As I was resting and listening to the noise of the weather, I thought how like worry it is. No matter how bad we imagine things can get, the imagined problems often do not materialize.
The scriptures use the word "careful", meaning "full of care, anxious, worried" for both a warning and and an encouragement.
This one says not to worry about anything, and it is followed by a benefit: peace.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
This one says to have a care, pay attention, to doing good to others:
Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These are profitable unto men.
I find both scriptures require a lot of pondering! They are good for the homemaker who can get distracted and become "careful and troubled about many things." (Luke 10:41-42)
Much can be written about this, but I want to state it simply: there are things not profitable to worry about or be full of care about, and there are things that we should care about.
To be worried about everything will rob your ability to rest and be at peace, because worry is like an addiction. Once you allow it to take over your mind, it produces more worry, which uses up the ability to relax.
Worry is a peculiar addiction because it is not something you get any solace or pleasure from. It has to be controlled mentally by prayer and supplication.
The more you worry, the harder it is to quit. It will not leave until it has broken you down and you cannot entertain it any longer. You will not get anything positive accomplished for yourself, and when you are ready to quit the worry, it will not be ready to quit you! That may be why God addresses it so strictly in these verses.
Substitute the maintenance of good works, stated in Titus 3:8 . It will diminish worry. Replace a worrisome thought with a positive thought. Get into that habit and refuse to allow worry to control your life.
Women are very good about worrying about everything, and trying to save the world. All the time spent on the worry could be put to much better use.
Just as I was thinking about this subject, someone sent me a perfect saying on this poster. It is a good description of what is not profitable to have-a-care about, and what is worth caring about that actually brings good results.
Worrying about the condition of the whole wide world will not help us get our homes in order or maintain good works in our families and churches. The home is an ideal place to create the world we want. Worrying about things we have no power over will not get our dishes washed, our laundry done or our meals prepared. News reports can be so upsetting as to affect our health. If we are sick with worry, we are no good to anyone at home. Pay attention to the things you can do at home, and the world will be a better place, plus, you will be doing the Lord's will.