Worry About Worry
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a twist. Maybe worry itself is something to fear. Welch suggests that the repetition of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s command not to worry indicates there is something dangerous in fear and worry in and of themselves.
To make his point, he appeals to Mark 4:14-20. This passage is JesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ explanation of His parable of the different kinds of soil. In the explanation, the threat to spiritual vitality comes from:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“the deceitfulness of wealthÃ¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“the desires for other thingsÃ¢â‚¬Â
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrong with worry according to the author: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Worry is focused inward. It prefers self-protection over trust. It can hear many encouraging wordsÃ¢â‚¬â€even GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wordsÃ¢â‚¬â€and stay unmoved. It can be life-dominating. It is connected to your money and desires I that it reveals the things that are valuable to you. It can reveal that you love something more than Jesus. It crowds Jesus out of your lifeÃ¢â‚¬Â (p.97).
My Own Journey
Worry is a threat, no doubt about it. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an important addition to our discussion, but it is not the truth that will set me free from worry. It seems kind of like saying, Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got the flu. That wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t kill you. But the flu will lead to pneumoniaÃ¢â‚¬â€and that will.Ã¢â‚¬Â Or, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I know you think your situation is bad, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really worse than you think.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The value of understanding worryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s place in this parable is that it helps me understand how worry prevents me from connecting to GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Word of encouragement in a significant manner. With that understanding, the responsibility for my lack of courage rests with me, while the hope of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s comfort and security remains fully alive.
How does worry fit into the parable explained in Mark 4:14-20?
Is this encouraging or depressing? Why?
Are there any solutions suggested here?
How does worry in this passage relate to the fear of the Lord?