This article "Why Worry When You Can Believe?" was taken from the Heart Magazine, August/September 1980.
Publication Date: 08-1980
Victor Paul Wierwille was a Bible scholar and teacher for over four decades.
By means of Dr. Wierwille's dynamic teaching of the accuracy and integrity of God's Word, foundational class and advanced class graduates of Power for Abundant Living have learned that the one great requirement for every student of the Bible is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Thus, his presentation of the Word of God was designed for students who desire the in-depth-accuracy of God’s Word.
In his many years of research, Dr. Wierwille studied with such men as Karl Barth, E. Stanley Jones, Glenn Clark, Bishop K.C. Pillai, and George M. Lamsa. His formal training included Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Mission House (Lakeland) College and Seminary. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Princeton Theological Seminary from which he received a Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree.
Dr. Wierwille taught the first class on Power for Abundant Living in 1953.
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Dr. Wierwille researched God's Word, taught, wrote, and traveled worldwide, holding forth the accuracy of God's "wonderful, matchless" Word.
WHY WORRY WHEN YOU CAN BELIEVE?
Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille
HEART–August/September 1980, Volume 10, No. 10 – page 3
The most ridiculous question a man could ask I heard some time ago: “Why should I pray
when I can worry?” This question has been ringing in my heart and mind ever since. Can a
Christian live without fear and worry?
Fear is the forerunner of worry. We worry because we fear. Fear kills more people in a
year than any war or disease. I hate fear with every fiber of my being for I know what it can
do and I know what it is doing to millions in America at this moment.
Worry produces the vast majority of sicknesses, nervous frustration and breakdowns, as
well as premature death. Worry is the chief cause of insomnia and is responsible for the great
financial boom to drug companies manufacturing various brands of sleeping tablets )a form
of narcotics in small doses) which millions of Americans take every night just to get a few
hours of restless sleep. If you need deliverance from the twin enemies, fear and worry, you
may find the key to deliverance right here.
Both worry and fear are the opposite of believing. When we begin believing positively,
we will not worry. When we have faith in the Word of God to the same extent that we have
faith in our employer for our paycheck, we will not fear. It is impossible to have both fear
and confidence or worry and believing at the same time, as impossible as it is to mix oil and
water. There is no need for fear and worry when we learn to believe rightly.
A dear old grandmother who is numbered among my cherished friends learned to believe
God years ago. My heart thrilled when she told me how she threads a needle. Threading a
needle is not much of a chore for most younger people, but for grandmother of 84, it is
remarkable. She said to me, “I just let God thread it, and He and I always seem to get it done
the first time I bring the thread up to the needle.” For her it is not a question of “Why pray
when you can worry?” but “Why worry when you can pray?” In her humble way she simply
believes God when He says, “ask and ye shall receive,” “for the eyes of God are over the
Someone may argue, “I wouldn’t insult God by asking Him to help my in such a little
matter as threading a needle.” My answer is, “Maybe your God is so small you can insult
Him.” But this woman’s God is so big that she believes the Master’s words, “…Even the
very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many
sparrows,” and she gets here needle threaded without worry or nervous frustration.
I once heard the story about two frogs who fell in a pail of cream. The one frog said to
the other, “Look what a mess we are into this time, we will never get out of it, there is just no
way we can escape from this sticky mess. I guess we have to die.” The other frog, seeing the
worry and fear of his friend, said, “I’m not going to die in this stuff. I’m going to get out
some way,” as he was jumping up and down inside of the pail. The worried frog said to his
friend, “We’ll never get out, so we might as well give up now. Good-bye, old chum, it’s been
nice knowing you. This is the end.” And he took a few gulps and drowned. However, the
remaining frog said, “I’m not going to drown in this stuff,” and kept kicking and paddling
and jumping up on the inside of the pail. Soon the paddling of the cream turned it into a lump
of butter and the little froggie jumped up and out to freedom.
It is worry and fear and a defeatist attitude that drowns people in their trouble. When you
worry, you are bound by the law of results that worry brings. When you believe that you are
a son of God now, made righteous in Him by faith, and that His Word is true, “Lo, I am with
you always, even unto the end of the world,” “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” then
you will demonstrate deliverance from all fear and worry.
Most people like tomatoes. According to nutritionists, they are filled with vitamins. But
in Europe the tomato was for many years considered poisonous, and literally thousands died,
“poisoned” by tomatoes. Tomatoes are not poisonous, but if we believe that they are and we
believe what our mind accepts and we are afraid to eat a tomato, our worry about eating it
and the results if we do will poison us and kill us as it did thousands in Europe.
Job said, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me.” This is a great truth.
Whatever you fear or worry about will come upon you. If you fear a certain sickness, you
will get the sickness you fear because all sickness is basically spiritual. You get what you
believe for, not so much consciously, but subconsciously. Fear and worry bring the results of
fear and worry. Believe God and act on that believing and you will get the results of
believing. “Why pray when you can worry?” I say if we don’t pray, we must worry; but if we
pray believing God’s Word we will not worry.
Victory over fear and worry is clearly depicted to me in the words of Jesus Christ in
John’s Gospel where Jesus describes his leaving and returning in the language of marriage.
In New Testament Bible days, a wedding ceremony lasted ten days. On the tenth day, the
bride and groom were declared husband and wife. For the first twelve months of their
wedded life, the two young people devoted themselves to learning how to understand and
live with each other. (Not a bad idea.) They lived two months with the groom’s parents, then
two months with the bride’s parents. They commuted back and forth between the in-laws
every two months, concluding their first year of married life in the home of the bride’s
At the conclusion of this first year of marriage there was a unique religious service with
all the people of the town present. The husband brought forth his wife and stood her in front
of him, facing him, while the best man stood on his right side and the young women who
attended the wedding on his left hand. Then, when loving authority, the husband would say
to his wife before them all, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in
me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to
prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive
you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the
way ye know.”
Every son in New Testament times had to live in his father’s house until his father’s
death. So after his first year of marriage, the son left his wife for a short while to prepare a
“mansion,” a new apartment, in his father’s house. After it was completed, he returned for his
bride, his wife.
Jesus, by using the very words of a bridegroom to his bride (John 14:1-4), teaches us a
lesson of great spiritual significance. “Let not your heart be troubled.” The bride trusts the
groom while he is away preparing their “mansion” in his father’s house. She believes her
husband’s words, “Let not your heart be troubled.”
Why worry when you can believe the words of Jesus Christ? God will supply your need
according to His riches in glory.