The Oxford Dictionary says that worry is ‘to allow no rest or peace of mind to oneself; to give way to anxiety, or let the mind dwell on troubles’. When we say that a dog ‘worries’ at a bone, meaning that he shakes or pulls it about persistently, we get a visual image of the human worrying process. The word ‘worry’, interestingly, comes from the Old English word for ‘kill’ – an indication of the negative consequences of this tendency.
Although worry is a well-known cause of mental and physical health issues, saps energy and strength, and deprives us of rest, many people feel powerless to change - it’s just ‘how they are’. However, worry is a habit, not a condition, and bad habits can be replaced by good habits– not overnight – for it takes time to form, or replace a habit.
A PLACE OF REFUGE
For Christians, the only reliable safe place is the Lord. Fear isolates, so our first step in defeating worry-habits is to run to Him, not away from Him.
[Proverbs 18:10 NKJV]
You are my hiding place;
You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’…….
He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
[Psalm 91: 1-4]
Where do you hide yourself, or look for comfort when worry strikes?
Choose today to run to the Lord, to take shelter under 'His wings' and make Him your 'hiding place'. Talk to Him about your worry-habit, and ask for His help.
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