Over-burdening care about worldly things and the duties of our callings.
Diligence in business is never condemned by the Word of God, nor inconsistent with the true spirit of the Christian faith, very much the reverse. The Apostle Paul expresses the God Glorifying attitude in these words, "not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Worldly duties and difficulties are to be faced in the spirit of thoughtfulness, vigilance and energy. That a man should be more weak and less wise in his daily duties because he is a child of God is dishonoring to his Father in heaven, and a stain upon the glory of his adoption. It is a travesty to live as though our secular labors are somehow separate from our worship of and communion with our God.
If in our worldly duties and obligations, difficulties and cares do abound, is it not our faith responsibility to quietly commit the need to the Lord. But alas, there is all to often anxiety and burden as though the issues were in our hands only, as if we were the ultimate disposers of results, as if the whole responsibility of God's providence were lying on our shoulders and crushing us down to the dust!
Scripture commands us to "Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass." "In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." But sadly, how much unnecessary soul-weakening care Christian's burden themselves with from not believing and trusting the Good Hand of God for the outcome of their labors. Here is a grievous evil. When the necessary and right action has been taken and when the issue is now gone from our own hands and is afloat upon the scheme of God's own providence and management, we still remain burdened, weighed down, full of a thousand thoughts and cares, which might be natural enough if we had no God and our poor wisdom and abilities were our only hope.
Are we not commanded to "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God"? Do we have no comprehension of the Biblical Truth, "and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus"? This is a wondrous part of the inheritance that we have in Christ Jesus1 Yet our very plague of earthly care disfigures and weakens the Christian character o those who disobey this injunction so reasonable, and defraud themselves of this promise so precious.