The DNA of Worry

I am not a scientist.  And all that’s been discovered about DNA is more than my mind can fathom.  As a matter of fact, this schoolgirl graduated many moons ago, and I barely survived science class.

But the God of the universe created it all and,

IT.IS.FASCINATING.

“By my great strength and outstretched arm, I made the earth, and the people, and animals on the face of the earth. I give it to anyone I please.” Jeremiah 27:5

So I looked up DNA on Wikipedia.  And read the ABC’s of DNA.

We all know the word even if we don’t understand how it works.

[A good reminder that just because you don’t see God or don’t understand Him, the evidence is there!]

DNA has a job to do, and though complicated, can be understood if examined under the lens of a microscope.  It “is a molecule that carries the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses.” [Wikipedia}  WOW!

The DNA in our genes give our bodies “instructions—much like a blueprint or a recipe—for everything it needs to do to grow, develop, and live.” 

And I see it.  The DNA of worry is eerily similar.

Worry moves into our lives and affects how we think and how we act.

When we allow it to, worry will grow, develop and reproduce in our heart and mind–to the point that it controls us.  Worry becomes the focus, and we see everything through the lens of fear and doubt. 

So what is the remedy for the DNA of worry?

Truth.

Focusing on the source of truth, it is essential that we look through the lens of Scripture to see what God’s instructions are about worry.

In Matthew chapter 6 He gently reminds us,

HE.IS.IN.CONTROL.

He sees us, and He knows right where we are.  Jesus said it plainly:

Seek Him.

Trust Him.

So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’  For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:31-34

  • When worry creeps it, the first thing we should do is seek the Lord.  Ask Him for clarity and wisdom.  Focus on the truth of His promises, and then act on what you know is true–not what you think might happen.

And in Philippians, we are challenged to fight worry with praise!  While this might seem a strange remedy, focusing on the good and praiseworthy will help us gain the right perspective.

 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness[ be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:4-7

  • God is in control.
  • Even when we are not.

I am not immune to worry.  No one is.  We are fallible humans and the circumstances that life throws at us are sometimes more than we can fathom.

BUT GOD.

His gift of The Word was given to us for so many reasons. Humanity’s basic need for hope is found in Christ alone.  The fact that He has preserved His Word for our consumption means that He offers the gift of hope for all who will seek Him.

“For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:11-13

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  1 comment for “The DNA of Worry

  1. June 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Wonderful reminder to praise the Lord when we start to worry. Praising Him drowns out the worry words (well, it does for me, because my mind can’t handle more than one distinct thought at a time…) and we are again able to trust ourselves to God’s amazing care! Thank you for this post.

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