All of my life I’ve been a worrier. I never considered that worry was a sin which shut out the presence of God. The fact is–worry IS a sin because it’s doubting the character of God. We doubt He loves us enough to give us joy. We doubt He’s wise enough to give us direction. We doubt He’s powerful enough to provide for our needs. We also justify other sins like cheating and lying because we’re desperately scrambling to care for ourselves within our OWN power. When we trust God’s character–like a child trusts his father–we DON’T worry. Worry seems to be characterized as a not-so-bad sin among us Christians. I mean–have you ever heard anyone equate it with say–adultery? However, it’s a horrible betrayal and insult to the character of God! Can you imagine your own child walking around worrying about whether he was going to be fed, clothed, educated, etc.? People would wonder–”Who ARE his parents?” Do people who know US wonder whether God is a good Father? What is the solution to worry? Well, what is it that makes us rely upon OURSELVES instead of God? It is our pride. Humility endears us to the favor of God and that’s when we learn that He cares for us more than we even care for ourselves. His Word says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:5-7) Pride feeds anxiety; humility grows peace. When we constantly place ourselves in the unshakable presence of God, we learn just how true THIS verse is: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalms 55:22) Nothing shakes us when we live on The Rock. We learn that our strongest power play–is down on our knees. In God’s presence, His wisdom, strength, peace and love flood our lives and washes away all worry. He makes us wise, strong, confident and compassionate and others know exactly who our Father IS.