I know that Pastors are not supposed to worry. (Ok so that last statement may not be true, but many people believe it’s true)
We don’t go food shopping cause we are feed by Ravens.
Similar to the Widow in Second kings, our pancake mix never runs out.
We don’t sweat the IRS, we just go fishing and all of our taxes are paid.
To be honest, I wish I did not worry. But here is my reality…
What I worry about…
I worry. I worry a lot and mostly about things I have no control over.
I worry about the state of the ministry, I worry about my wife’s health, I worry about my two boys growing up and becoming Godly men, I worry about my mom’s health, I worry about not making enough to support my family, I worry about preaching the worst sermon in the history of sermons, I worry that I’m gaining too much weight. I worry that people will see me as a fraud. I worry that I’ll make the wrong decision and that decision will negatively impact someone else.
What if people find out I don’t walk on water.
What if people find out that I’m only anointed behind a podium but am human the rest of the days.
I worry that I worry too much.
It’s good to have friends…
Just recently a good friend sent me a text…
In the text he reminded me about 2 Chronicles 20. That’s the chapter where Jehoshaphat finds out that 3 huge armies have joined forces to attack him. Verse 1 describes them as a “vast army.”
Let me just point out that nothing I’m worrying about is life threatening…
- I don’t have too many people trying to take my life,
- I don’t have any vast armies knocking at my front door
But I love what Jehoshaphat does… verse 3 says “alarmed” he resolves to inquire of the Lord and he proclaimed a fast.
3 Steps to Overcome Worry
Step #1 Jehoshaphat prays – he seeks God’s face, he cries out to God, and he proclaimed a fasts for all Judah. When we worry, do we respond in prayer. And do we encourage our congregants to enter into the battle. Are we seeking God alone, or do we involve others to join us in the battle?
Step #2 He acknowledges his weakness – in verse 12, Jehoshaphat says two things
- We have no power to face this vast army,
- We do not know what do
He ends his statement saying “But our eyes are on you.”
I believe worry should remind us of our weakness, our shortcomings, our in ability to handle the situation on our own.
And that feeling of “inferiority” should get us to look up to where our help comes from.
Step #3 Jehoshaphat Worshiped – in verse 20 it says that Judah left to the battlefield. On the way to war, Jehoshaphat decides to appoint the choir at the head of the army. I’m sure his generals were probably thinking, these guys aren’t coming home tonight. They weren’t warriors, they were worshipers, choir members, singers.
But in the battle, as worry takes over – do you enter the battlefield with worship on your lips.
Yes, fear maybe in your hearts, but is worship on your lips.
Exchange worry for worship.
“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who where invading Judah, and they were defeated.” 2 Chronicles 20:22
As the people of God begin to worship, God began to move on their behalf.
I didn’t write this blog because I thought this was some deep revelation that no one else knew.
I wrote this because sometimes we are in the battle so long we grow weary, tired of the battle.
We forget about being more then a conqueror. We are just trying to survive.
We need, I needed to be reminded that God responds to a people who worship him on the way to the battlefield.
They were worshiping before they knew the enemy had been defeated. They had worship on their lips and possibly fear in the hearts – but their worship still moved God to action.
So I have committed to a new practice…
When every I feel fear, or worry rise up in me – I have resolved to begin worshiping.
So that I may personally see the hand of the lord.
So that’s how I have decided to respond to worry, how are you responding to worry?