Did you know that worry and fear can weaken your immunity?

By Kerubo Lornah

worry and fear

We are living in very interesting times.

Times when everyone is worried about their wellbeing. We worry about our health, economy, education and our jobs among other issues.

In the media, at the market places, in the salon…in fact everywhere…the discussions are about health... Oh that disease oh this disease. What shall we do? What does the government say? Oh what does the media say? (These are common questions in our society today).

Our worry is what if I am diagnosed with that kind of disease? Is there a cure, a vaccine? What will happen to me, who will take care of my loved ones…?

Worry and fear alone can end up killing someone even before they contact any disease being discovered in the world.

“Worry is blind and cannot discern the future. But Jesus sees the end from the beginning and He has prepared a way to bring relief.” (Christian Leadership77.2)

Here are some questions I suggest we ponder on… - Does God care about me? Does He see what is in the world today? Has he left me alone to suffer?

God is not quiet, He is speaking everyday through his word and through nature. He loves us and cares.

In his word, God, has given us guidelines for every situation we may find ourselves in.

Like the psalmist learn to say “I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope." (Psalm 16:7-9).

We should teach ourselves to put our trust and faith in the hands of the Great Physician.

Worrying is a great threat to our wellbeing.

It is important to make choices in this life. One may choose to worry and another may choose not to worry for ‘Worry changes nothing but trusting in God yields sweet results amidst the storms of life.’

When I was a child I was taught in my Sabbath school class concerning some laws that will help me in life…one of the important law I still remember and can apply is “KEEP A SONG IN MY HEART.” This has done wonders to my heart whenever I find myself in some hard situations.

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine...” (Proverbs 17:22).

God encourages us to trust him for He already knows the future. We ought to cross bridges when we reach them.

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? (KJV)

Food for thought:

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? (KJV)

How now?

We may do this by taking time to count the many blessings we have received and rejoice in these blessings from God.

Psalm 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.(KJV)

A famous writer Ellen Gould White says this about worry...

  • It is essential that we learn to cultivate gratitude and cheerfulness, rather than brooding over our sorrows and apparent troubles. By continually thinking that their lot in life is worse than it really is, many people make themselves miserable and sacrifice their health and happiness.
  • Because some things in the environment are not agreeable, some people go about with a continual frown, expressing negative thoughts and discontent feelings. (This should not be the case).
  • Those whose thoughts and feelings continually lead to periods of depression are doing a great injury to their health. Particularly is the process of digestion and assimilation hindered, thereby interfering with the vital work of supplying good nutrients to all of the body’s cells. Never will grief, anxiety or worry remedy a single ill, but they can do much harm to our systems.
  • Keep in mind that our Saviour bids us to look unto Him and put our full faith and trust in Him. Jesus’ words: “Come unto me... and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28), is a positive prescription for the healing and maintenance of physical, mental, and spiritual health.
  • Though men and women have brought disease and suffering upon themselves through wrong habits, Jesus still regards them with the tenderest of love. In Him we may all find help. He will give rich blessings and do wonderful things for all who will trust in His divine power.

Golden rule:

Matthew 6:33, 34

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof. (KJV)

Disclaimer: the above information is for education purpose and is not intended to replace medical functions of a health professional in anyway, either in diagnosing or treating medical conditions. The writer of the article will not take responsibility arising from the inappropriate use of the foods stated therein.