I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. (Psalms 34:4 NIV)
May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. (Psalms 20:1 NIV)
What is the difference between worry and concern? Both can bring us anxiety. Worry is when we can think of nothing else but negative thoughts. Most of the time our worry over a particular thing will happen never happens. We can become obsessive with worry. It can be destructive to our mental health. Worry does not bring peace; it pushes peace out of our minds.
Concern uses wisdom to help us make the right decisions when there is the potential of danger. Such as we don’t get close to the fire because we could get burned. We teach our children to stay away from dangerous situations.
Concern can turn into worry if we let it. How can we keep concern from turning into worry? Prayer. Prayer and repeating the promises in the Bible. If your child has not returned home at the expected time and you are concerned. Pray. Maybe you are concerned that your job may be in jeopardy. Pray. God will provide. Prayer brings peace in knowing that God has everything under control. Regardless of the outcome, He has it covered.
Concern puts our focus on others. Worry is usually self-centered. Our concern is driven by love and the desire to help others. When you are concerned about someone, it strengthens our relationships. Worry, on the other hand, brings fear and often paralyzes us and keeps us from taking action. It puts barriers up and keeps us from helping others. When we are concerned, it is tempered with faith, but worry brings doubt.
Don’t worry, be happy!