Why Are You Worried?

Timothy Lane | June 30, 2015

Editors’ note: The following is an adapted excerpt from Timothy Lane’s Living Without Worry: How to Replace Anxiety with Peace (The Good Book Company, 2015).

Diagnosis matters. When something is wrong with your body and you feel unwell, you need to know what you are dealing with. And that works for spiritual issues, too. For treatment to work, good diagnosis matters.

So what exactly is worry or anxiety? It’s a condition common to virtually every human, in every society. Not many people are truly care-free.

Defining Worry

While various factors and components are important, the Bible cuts deeper, because it says that worry is a deeply spiritual issue. This is not to say that the Bible ignores or disputes the mental, physiological, historical, social, or environmental aspects of worry, but that it sees them all as part of a spiritual issue—that worry, ultimately, is a response to life lived in God’s world. Worry, therefore, is a response to God himself. 

When, in Matthew 6:25–34, Jesus commands us three times, “Do not worry,” the Greek word used is merimnao. It literally means “a distracted mind” or a “double mind.” In the broader context of the passage, this division, or divided loyalty, is between God’s kingdom and…

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