On any given day, I can list for you circumstances that would justify why I might be racked with worry.
Threatening medical conditions, crushing financial obligations, oppressive social situations, unresolved problems abound. Whether they are happening to me directly, or to those I love, they are always present.
Therefore, worry is one of those things that is always available. It is always knocking on the door. In fact, worry does not always knock, it breaks the door down, barges its way in, and dominates everything.
Worry is such a normal, easily justifiable thing to do, that rarely will someone take you to task about the sinfulness of worry.
Yes, I said, the sinfulness of worry. Worry, and our inclination to indulge it, is one of God's big deals.
Why, you may ask? Let me answer with a story.
Imagine you had a son or daughter under your care. Imagine that you have lavished your love, provision, and protection upon that child. With nothing but adoration and commitment, you attempt to secure your child's peace by promising to always be there, to always provide, and to always take care of them.
Now imagine finding your child in a panic, scared, obsessed, and distraught. When you ask your child what is wrong, he or she looks you right back in the eye and says, "I don't know how I'm going to survive! I live in constant fear that I am at risk, I am alone, I am incapable, and that the worst will happen!"
Imagine how very sad this would make you, that your child, who you have both spoken and demonstrated your love for, is living under the curse of worry.
Further, imagine how this child's worry reflects on your parenthood? The whole world knows that this child is yours? What does it mean about you that your child lives in constant fear and worry?
God cares for you. He has told you. He has shown you.
That should have an effect. If you believe Him, anyway. A real, noticeable, and God-glorifying effect. No one short of Jesus himself, right in the middle of nothing short of his most famous sermon, says in no uncertain terms: "Do not worry about your life." (Matthew 6:25)
Christmastime, ironically, often magnifies our worry and anxiety. So this is a good time to examine what Jesus says about it, and consider a powerful "gift exchange" with God this year: Your worry for His peace.
Peter affirms that you can by saying, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)