When a man or woman begins to worry, what commandment are they breaking? The Sabbath. Some may be thinking worry is not even a sin, let alone a violation of the Sabbath. If that is your thought keep reading, because this is important.
If you are worrying or fearful thinking that this thing or that thing might not come out right. Your mind is in a state of distrust. Distrust of God. And distrust is lack of faith. And what does the Bible say about this:
“whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Rom 14:23)
So therefore to worry is sin. The Israelites in the wilderness were guilty of the sin of “worry.” We read that ”the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?” (Exo 15:24)
Furthermore we read:
Exo 16:2-3 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: …ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
You see, the Israelites WORRIED that God wouldn’t give them food in the wilderness. But we are told:
Deu 8:2-3 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. (3) And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, … that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
God was teaching them to have faith in His word. They did not realize that their “UNBELIEF” was sin.
Heb 3:17-19 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? (18) And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? (19) So we see that they could not enter in because of UNBELIEF.
The worry they had is called sin. Not only is it sin, but it is called UNBELIEF. Anything not of faith is sin. But furthermore it is likened to a lack of REST. And which commandment teaches us to REST. It is the Sabbath commandment.
Heb 4:3-4 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. (4) For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
And when He spoke it, He meant it. Now how many today worry that they won’t have money if they take the Sabbath off? Lack of faith. How many keep the Sabbath and WORRY about their worldly endeavors during the Sabbath day. You see this is a violation of the Sabbath. Just as much as looking upon a woman and lusting after her is adultery, just as much as hating your brother is murder, so to is WORRY a violation of the Sabbath commandment.
Thus manna was provided to teach the people that they could trust in the word of God. Manna is a symbol of the word of God. It is a symbol of the life of Christ.
Joh 6:58, 63 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever… it is…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
So also did Abraham live by faith, and this is likened to the seal of God.
Rom 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith
“Without faith it is impossible to please Him.” (Heb 11:6) And so therefore we cannot worry and must simply rest and act on the promises in the word of God. This is not to say that hard times will not come. But we must look at the fact that “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)
We can’t lose faith because everything isn’t going smooth. We can’t worry because our son/daughter is out in the world. Or else Satan can use that as a domino to knock us down. Who is our Lord? He knows, and all we can do is put them into His hand and leave the worry behind.
In fact, there is something very serious about “WORRY” that we need to understand. Not only does it have to do with the seal of God. But those who “worry” will be destroyed, as were those who worried in the wilderness.
Rev 14:11-13 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. (12) Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (13) And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
As many who are reading this understand, the Beast is the Papacy, and its mark is Sunday rest. While God teaches us to honor the Seventh-day Sabbath, which falls on Saturday.
“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change [Saturday Sabbath to Sunday] was her act… And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things” (H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons)
Now, to “worry” is to honor the beast and his image. You might not be keeping Sunday, but you are breaking the Sabbath by not resting in Christ. It gives glory to Satan, it is fear, and “there is no fear in love” (1 John 4:18) The wicked have no rest, trust in God. They have no Faith. But God’s people have “the Faith of Jesus”. And so we need not WORRY. We REST from our labors. We have given the worries to God. We can labor six, and rest the seventh without the fear and worry of financial difficulties. This does not imply we are presumptuous and spend all we have on anything. But rather God will work with us as we take care of His business.
Now there is a beast, and an image, and a mark to be enforced. And guess what is going to happen to many when these things come to pass. They will fear and worry.
Luk 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Some are afraid of prophecy, they are afraid that things may get tough, they are afraid of what they might have to suffer in this world. This is the devil wanting you to forget that you are resting in Christ. You see Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew that they would be thrown into the fire, and the fire was made 7 times hotter, yet they didn’t fear but rather said “What is that to us… we aren’t bowing to your image.” They didn’t fear. And God didn’t put the fire out. He didn’t honor the fire. But rather he walked through it with them.
He knows what we are going through, and if we have faith, and worry not, He will walk through the fire with us.
And even if financial difficulties come, He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Ask Him, and if it is His will, He will give you what you need, not what you want, what you need. You might need affliction and purification and fiery trials. Worry really is just believing God won’t get it right.
Please share some encouraging thoughts or scriptures under this post, so that all may learn, be encouraged, and be edified. Let us testify that we do have “the faith of Jesus” rather than “unbelief”, “no rest” and we are worried that things may not be always easy and simple.
Mat 6:25-34 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? (26) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (27) Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? (28) And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: (29) And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (30) Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (31) Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (34) Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.