2009-04-26 - The Mother of All Sins
1 Peter 5:7, Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.
What is it? What is the great sin for the Christian? We are prone to say murder, or some sexual sin, and in days past, Christians would have said that the great sin they struggled with was honoring the Lord's Day - but many Christians don't even keep a day holy to the Lord any more - ¦so what is it? What is the sin that besets so many Christians? May I suggest that sin is worry? If you are full of worry or anxiety, you make yourself ripe for any sin. It is the one who casts all his/her cares upon the Lord who is secure and cannot be touched by Satan.
Worry is an illness with Christians. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything, give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus, 1 Thess. 5:16-18. Why is it that we cannot believe this verse enough to trust it, or to actually cast our cares upon the Lord? We have to ask ourselves another question probably, why do we like being miserable? Who would want to be a Christian, to be miserable? It is not the way it should be, obviously, but it is the experience of countless men and women who claim that they follow Christ, trust Him for the forgiveness of all their sins - ¦their deepest sins - but they can't trust Him when someone is late getting home. It seems absurd to think about, but this is what we do, and we do it all too often. Suppose for a moment that you were to weep all night. Will that make the trip of the person coming to visit you any safer? Suppose you cry your eyes out concerning the upcoming job interview. Will the tears prepare you better for the interview? We are to do the best we can in any given situation, and then leave it to the Lord. It is not an excuse to laziness or lack of discipline. On the contrary, we do the best we can, knowing that the Lord sees and blesses our efforts to please Him, be faithful, and live diligent lives. We trust - ¦not ourselves - but the Lord.
If you are a Christian parent, then you strive to bring up your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. You will not be satisfied until they are walking in grace. You will pray, teach, admonish, and pray some more. You try to set before them a holy example of a Christian walk with Christ. You long to see Christ formed in them, and day-by-day you hope for the Spirit's work to take place in their souls. Let your soul, heart, mind, and beliefs expect the blessing. Cast your children upon God's care. He has cared for you and do not lose hope, if they do not show signs of grace in your time. Let your hopes and continued prayers remain strong, but also trust in the Lord.
Anxiety and worry are not exactly the same, but they are sisters. We can call them the mother of all sins, not because only mothers worry - and I have yet to meet one who didn't - but in a more general sense, our self-absorption with anxiety leads to other sins of not trusting God. It is a foundational sin, and it is the birthplace of many other sins we struggle with. You may know a foolish man or woman who stays up late at night, thinking about things they cannot change. Sometimes they make themselves unwisely sad, because they are thinking and worrying about this or that. They are afraid that some matter might not be carried out as they think best. You might be that person. If anyone is suffering from this muddle - if you are suffering from this disarray - then I would urge you to cast all your cares upon the Lord because He cares for you.
Soli Deo Gloria,