As a mother and a wife and a pastor and all the other hats that an individual wears, there’s a real battle not to be distracted and worried by all the goings on of life. It’s almost engrained in us in society that we take caring for someone to be synonymous with worrying about someone. I love what Matthew 6:27 (NKJV) says, “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” This isn’t just a principle for ourselves, in regards to our own trial, but it applies to us worrying for others as well. How is worrying about the people we love going to add anything to their life? How is worrying going to take them higher?
Our children, our spouse, our parents, our friends, all need our prayers instead of our worry. Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV) says we ought to be, “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” Do you think those close to us could be included in that? Why do Christians pray for strangers, but worry for their loved ones? And why are we so often praying faithless, doubt-filled prayers if we even pray at all?
Remember 1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV), “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” That word care means anxiety and it means worry. The Gospels called the cares of this world thorns and I know this, a thorn never felt good and never helped anybody. Our job as Christians and our job description as parents, pastors, friends, spouses, and the like, is to cast our anxiety on God. When someone you love looks like they’re headed for shipwreck, instead of crying and fretting, go to God. When you go to God, let Him know you trust Him to help them and to help you know your part in helping them.
We’ve got to put on the armor of God to keep our heads sober and we’ve got to keep our heads sober if we’re going to resist the devil. If we don’t resist the devil, he won’t flee. So cast your cares on God, no matter if they’re for a stranger or for someone you love. Your faith will help them, and you, so much more than your worry.