Ever notice how dominated the news is by worry? Everyone is worried about the election, worried about the price of gas, worried about Terrorism, worried about the strength of the economy, worried about the theory of Global Warming, worried about their job, and so on.
That really shouldn't surprise you. We live at a time where Materialism not Christianity has become the dominant religion. Materialists, as the name implies, are sure that life is made up solely of material things, that all that they see is all that there is. They believe that all they have is what they have managed to grasp on to, and that life consists mainly in holding onto what material goods you have grabbed and doing all that you can to grab up some more.
With a philosophy like that at work, it would be surprising if coveting, worry, depression, and ultimately despair, weren't commonplace.
Worldlings worry, its their nature, it's a natural outgrowth of their belief system. But it is simply wrong when believers do the same thing.
When a believer worries, no matter what gloss you want to put on it, 'Oh, I'm just being sensible!' it is ultimately a lack of faith in God's promises and God's providence.
I was converted out of paganism and the occult in 1993 and while I was initially Charismatic/Arminian in my theology, I became Reformed and Presbyterian through bible study and the influence of ministries like Ligonier. After teaching in local bible studies, and taking seminary...