Worry About Worry

Running Scared Chapter Eight Worry About Worry Here’s a twist. Maybe worry itself is something to fear. Welch suggests that the repetition of God’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 Jesus’ explanation of His parable of the different kinds of soil. In the explanation, the threat to spiritual vitality comes from: “Satan” “the deceitfulness of wealth” “the desires for other things” “worries” Here’s what’s wrong with worry according to the author: “Worry is focused inward. It prefers self-protection over trust. It can hear many encouraging words—even God’s words—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 life” (p.97). My Own Journey Worry is a threat, no doubt about it. It’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, “You’ve got the flu. That won’t kill you. But the flu will lead to pneumonia—and that will.” Or, “I know you think your situation is bad, but it’s really worse than you think.” The value of understanding worry’s place in this parable is that it helps me understand how worry prevents me from connecting to God’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 God’s comfort and security remains fully alive. Discussion 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?

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