Apparitions, phantoms and shadows are often associated with ghosts. Television channels like Destination America are feeding this craze with a series of programming related to paranormal activity. Whether you are talking about ghost towns, haunted houses or demonic encounters, there are so many spirits roaming this country and throughout the world. One of these invisible presences is the ghost of worry.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? – Matthew 6:25-27
Worry is the little bug or gnat that constantly pesters you. This nuisance can be emotionally draining, sucking any joy that you may have out of your life. If you allow this force to continue to wear on your soul, stress levels can explode resulting in panic attacks. In the passage above, Jesus uses common sense to address the ghost of worry. Instead of dwelling of things that you can’t control, trust God to provide what you need.
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them, Matthew 6:28-32.
When I was a child, if I took too much food at the dinner table and did not finish it, my parents often said, “your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” If the ghost of worry gets the best of you each week, your mind is bigger than your faith. Revealing God’s special care and concern for nature and wildlife, Jesus illustrates how the Lord provides for the most basic elements on earth. Therefore, if you want to perform an exorcism on worry, seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness. If you adhere to this advice, the ghost of worry will slowly dissipate as God provides for each of your needs.
by Jay Mankus