Suggested reading: Matthew 6:25-34
Give your burdens to the Lord. He will carry them. He will not permit the godly to slip or fall. Psalm 55:22 (TLB)
Have you ever given a burden to the Lord, only to discover you didn’t really let it go? Our adult Sunday school class discussed this a few weeks ago, about how we hand a problem over to God, only to pick it back up again. We clench it in a tight fist, all the while blaming God for not taking care of us as He promised, because it’s easier to criticize Him than give up our desire for total control. I’ve heard believers say, “Oh, I’m a worrier – I worry about everything; I just do. I can’t help it.” Max Lucado suggests that’s like saying, “I have a broken leg, it’s just the way I am.” In other words, not a viable argument.
1st Peter 5:7 says “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Notice it doesn’t say cast some of your care; it says ALL.
There are more than 365 variations of “fear not” in the Bible – at least one for every day. Here’s a personal favorite: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10.
For some reason, we think of doubt and worry as “small” sins. But when a Christian displays unbelief…or an inability to cope with life, he is saying to the world, “My God cannot be trusted,” and that kind of disrespect makes one guilty of a fundamental error, the heinous sin of dishonoring God. That is no small sin. John MacAuthur