In the Old Testament, there are different Hebrew words used for sin. One is chata’. Chata’ means missing such as missing the mark. We see the word chata’ used for the word sin in the verse Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” We might read it like this, “I have hidden your word in my heart so that I won’t miss it and sin.” This makes me think of the many times I’ve seen a guy say something his wife didn’t like and I’d hear him utter, “Oh, oh. I’ve just blown it.”
When we worry, we chata’ – we miss it. Worry is sin. For many people worry feels like compassion. “I’ve been worried about you!” Your upbringing may have taught you that to worry for someone is like an act of compassion. It’s not true. Its chata’ – it’s missing it. Worrying does nothing but bring momentum to unbelief which is the enemy of God. Unbelief strips faith from our lives. Worry strips faith from our lives. Hebrews 11:6 says that “without faith it is impossible to please God…” When we read that “Jesus was amazed at the people’s unbelief” in Mark 6:6, it is not a compliment. It was actually the unbelief of the people who hindered His power from miracles and healing. Matthew 13:58 says, “And so Jesus did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.”
Have you ever had to unclog a clogged drain? What you pull out is disgustingly gross! Worry is just like one of those disgusting things that clogs. It hinders the power of God from operating in our life because of the inherent power of unbelief. Unbelief is really faith. It’s faith in what the devil can do rather than faith in what God can do. Think about it. You’ve probably heard someone speak these words. Oh, I just know they are going to downsize and I’ll lose my job, or Oh, I am so afraid I am going to get the flu this winter, or Well I know I’ll get a stupid cold. I always do! Worry is the down payment on the very thing you dread coming. It’s the payment of unbelief which is faith in what the devil will bring against you. This is why God instructed us through His Word saying, “Cast all your cares, your worries, and your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Worrying is chata’ – it’s missing the mark. It’s sin. What is the solution? Get yourself a prescription – the promises of God. The promises of God are the prescriptions to take into your heart that will, over time, strengthen your mind, strengthen your heart, and transform you from a worrier to a prayer and proclaimer of your faith in Him. You will become one who learns to say with confidence, “God will never fail me or forsake me which is why I can say with confidence, the Lord is my Helper, so I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
Instead of worrying about those you love, cast those cares on the Lord. Rise up in faith and prayer and say, Father, I will not miss the mark by worrying about my children. I will pray and put my trust in you. For as much as I love them, I know you love them more! They belong to you. I thank you today that you are raising up labors to talk with them and boldly share your love with them. I thank you that the eyes of their understanding is enlightened by your Holy Spirit. I thank you that your angels surround them today and I rebuke every demonic attack that the enemy has set against them. I ask that your assist them as your Holy Spirit leads them to you.
This is putting the promises of God to work which is hitting the mark. This is the exercise of faith that is pleasing to God! Do this and you won’t be guilty of worrying – of hindering God’s power through unbelief and missing the mark. No chata’ for you today. As 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your cares, your worries, and your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” Proclaim His goodness in your life. Sing His praises. Let faith and praise arise!
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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