Anguish, concern, doubt, fear, uneasiness, distress, anxiety, torment, perplexity, fret, agonize … these are but a few synonyms for being worried. In our technologically advanced life, it is the one thing that we can’t seem to get away from perhaps just like our forefathers of many, many years back.
The origin of the word is rather interesting:
“Old English wyrgan ‘strangle’, of West Germanic origin. In Middle English the original sense of the verb gave rise to the meaning ‘seize by the throat and tear’, later figuratively ‘harass’, whence ‘cause anxiety to’ (early 19th century, the date also of the noun).” *
Yet God gives us the reassurance that He is in control and He knows what is happening in our lives and He knows how to get us what we need and prayed for…
1 Peter 5:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Matthew 6: 25- 34 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Trust in Him. He will see you through…
Pr. Paddick van Zyl
- Oxford Online Dictionaries – Oxford
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