I have heard people say: “You are worrying because you are thinking too much about it.” But the truth is, as I read Scripture, I realize worry comes not from thinking too much, but from thinking too little.
Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinks within himself so he is.”
In light of this passage, what does the Bible tell us to think on?
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are
just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.”
Over and over we see the call to the Christian is to engage his mind in this battle against worry. Take some time and look at these passages; Col. 3:10; 1st Thess 5:21; Col. 3:2; 1st Pet. 1:13. These are just a few passages which say things like “examine,” “set your mind,” “Gird you minds,” and there is an expectation for us as believers to think correctly about Christ. This doesn’t mean we don’t use reasoning skills, it doesn’t mean we are ignore the obvious, but it does mean that we dwell on what is true. What do we know to be true? Let’s first observe what we DO NOT know.
We do not know every possibility or outcome and we do not know what tomorrow holds…
and truthfully, that is what consumes most of our minds with worry.
But as a Child of God there are things we can know. We can know TRUTH. Real truth is found in the Word God, we can know truth that is noble, righteous, pure, gracious, and praiseworthy, and these things are what we are called to think on. This is the reason Christ gives us the command to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things (every other worry he mentions from food to shelter) will be added to you.”
So, let me encourage you to start thinking more when you worry. I have to tell myself this more than I care do admit. Stop thinking on the issues about the situation you can do nothing about, and focus on the areas God has commanded you to think about. The situation my not change, but your heart and mind will, and after all, that is the issue God is most concerned with conforming.