Fear was the root cause of all his [Job’s] problems.
In my article, ‘What Was The Deal With Job?‘, we looked at the real reasons behind what happened to Job and we saw that fear was the root cause of all his problems. If you have not already read that article, it would be beneficial for you to read it, in order to understand where I am coming from in what I write here.
Worry is considered to be a normal part of life.
As I mentioned in the other article, the root of Job’s problems was the worry (some would say the concern) – that he had for his children. In Job’s case he feared that they may have sinned at one of their parties (or all of their parties) and it was this continual fear that opened the door to Satan. Job is typical of most people – worry is considered to be a normal part of life, especially if you are a parent. You hear people all the time talking about how they are worrying about their children. It seems to be a common theme for people to post about on Facebook – with Christians often being no exception. I saw a article recently talking about how mothers still worry about their children, even after they are grown up. If you are not a parent, do not switch off, although I am writing about parents worrying (or rather not worrying) about their children, the post is really about the dangers of worrying about anything, the parenting thing is just as a example.
God has given numerous promises that apply to parents for their children.
The truth is that we need never worry about our children (or about anything else). God has given numerous promises that apply to parents for their children. For example:
- “All your children will be taught by the Lord, and your children will have unlimited peace” – Isaiah 54:13, God’s Word Translation
- “They will not work in vain, or give birth to children that will experience disaster. For the Lord will bless their children and their descendants” – Isaiah 65:23, New English Translation
- “Those who respect the Lord will have security, and their children will be protected” – Proverbs 14:26, New Century Version
Of course there are many more, if you will take the time to search for them – some of which are specifically about children, and some of which apply to you and by extension to your children. But what I want to point out now, is that not only was Job’s worry for his children unnecessary, it was the very thing that put them in danger!
Those of us who are parents need to learn from what happened to Job.
In the case of Job’s children, his worst fears were realised and they sadly died when a house collapsed on them. Those of us who are parents, if we want our children to be safe and truly blessed, need to learn from what happened to Job. The fact that worry is unnecessary, is enough reason not to do it. All the talk of worry that I hear, is completely foreign to me these days. I trust God, and for that reason I do not worry about my children – you may not believe me, but it’s the truth. But when we realise that more than being just unnecessary, it was actually Job’s fear, his worry, that caused his children’s deaths, we had better take notice and not repeat the same mistake. The danger that our children could be put in because of our worry, may not be as extreme as a house collapsing on them, but on the other hand, it could be. “I don’t like how you’re blame Job for what happened, and blaming parents for what happens to their children….“. Job acted in ignorance with regards to worry and that is the same for most parents, however when someone has the truth presented to them and willfully chooses to ignore it, then they are toblame for whatever happens.
Whether you live a life of fear or a life of faith, it WILL rub off on your children and grandchildren.
— Ken Blount (@kenblount) 22 July 2017
If you feel that some of the things that your children have already faced, could have been avoided if you hadn’t worried, know that “there isn’t any condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1), but don’t make the same mistake again. Your children are in safe hands when you entrust them to God. Obviously we are responsible for doing our part, we are not absolved of all responsibility. At the time I originally wrote this article my children were six and seven years old, and would certainly not be sent out on their own – acting foolishly is not what I mean by trusting God. However, you need to be aware of when the responsibility that we have to look after our children strays into the area of worry. For example, when your children are in school, you cannot physically keep them safe, however you can put your trust in God’s promise that He will give His angels charge over them (Psalm 91:11).
Worry is just another way of saying fear.
You often hear people say that worrying is not going to change anything, but as we have seen, that is not entirely true. Worrying will not make things any better, but it can actually cause what you don’t want to happen, to come to pass. One reason for this is because worry, which is a type of fear, opens the door to Satan. Another reason is that, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21) – whatever you repeatedly talk about, will come to pass. This is backed up by Mark 11:23, in which Jesus said that if we believe that what we say will come to pass, we will have whatever we say. When we talk to everyone that will listen about our worries, we are not talking in faith – instead we are talking in fear, which is the polar opposite of faith. Rather than having faith that something good will happen, we have a real fear that something bad will happen – you could say that we have faith that something bad will happen. Fear is basically faith, but twisted into the negative direction.
Do you think God was exaggerating when He said that death and life are in the power of the tongue?
We do not know the actual words of worry that Job spoke about his children, but judging by what happened to them, Job’s words could well have been something like, “I hope that my children don’t sin at their parties and bring trouble down on them“, “I really don’t like those parties. I just know my children are going to bring trouble down on themselves“. And what happened? The house collapsed on Job’s children – trouble literally came down on them. You may think that’s ridiculous, but our words really do carry that much power. Do you think God was exaggerating when He said that death and life are in the power of the tongue? The more you talk about something, the more you believe it, and when you believe what you speak, it will come to pass. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God“, the same principle applies in the area of fear – “Fear cometh by hearing (often from your own mouth) the lies of the devil”.
Determine to put worry out of your life once and for all and if it does manage to creep back in, just deal with it as soon as you recognise that you have given it place. Whether worry has taken root in your heart, or is merely a temptation in your head, follow the instructions found in 1 Peter 5:7, “Throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him” (J.B. Phillips translation).
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