How carefree is my daughter in the photo above? Not one single worry is on her mind, in fact, that’s how it is most days for her. I should take a cue from her and quit worrying about things and life, in general. It doesn’t do anything for me that’s beneficial, in fact, worry can do more damage to us than we know, it can put a kink in our relationship with God.(p.s. this post may contain affiliate links)
In my past, okay and maybe some of my pretty recent days, I have been a worrier. It’s one of my downfalls and something I struggle with more often than I’d like to admit. But here I am admitting it, beause, you know, I like to get real on my blog. I am sure part of that has to do with the fact that I like to plan and when my plans don’t go the way I hoped I jump into anxiety mode. It’s something God has been dealing with me on a lot the past week or so!
If I trust him, then what is the point of worrying. We worry because we are afraid, we are afraid God won’t work out whatever situation it is we are facing. But when has God ever let us down. One of the most damaging strongholds is worry! What does God say about worry, well in Matthew 6:25 he says “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food and your body more than clothing?” In Matthew 6:31-34 God says “So don’t worry about these things saying, What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
That’s three times in just a few verses that God tells us not to worry. Now in those verses, he is mentioning food and material things, but it’s so much more than that. Though, let me interject, he doesn’t want us to worry about how we are going to be taken care of, because he is, afterall, our provider. God doesn’t want us to worry about ANYTHING. What that person said about you, how they treated you, or not being treated fairly, it doesn’t matter. God wants to be the one in control and when we worry about something we are saying to God that we don’t think He can handle whatever that situation is (a relationship, a gossip, finances, anything). God made the world: let that sink it! HE CREATED THE WORLD Y’ALL! So, why do we worry and not have enough faith that he can handle our itty bitty problems. Because while they may seem huge to us, they are so small to him. He already knows the outcome of every situation we will face, while here on earth, and our hand in the situation can end up causing a bigger mess and henceforth stack more worry on our weak little shoulders.
Over the weekend, I went to an eWomen conference, and the whole theme focused on Psalm 46:10, which says, “Be still and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world” The first part of that verse says “Be still and know” Wow, it’s so simple but for some reason it’s so hard for us to do, because if we truly take the time to “Be still and know” that God is working, what room is there for worry?
When we worry, we doubt the power and goodness of our Creator! If you think about worry as a sin the moment that fear, anger, frustration, anxiety comes on you, you can pray it right off. But too often we don’t think of it as a sin and that’s where Satan has the most fun with our lives. Sometimes we like to say we are concerned about a situation and concern is okay. Concern is when you are in control of your thoughts; worry is when your thoughts over a situation control you. When we worry we are focusing our thoughts on the problem or situation, which means our focus is off the one who should be in control…God.
Philippians 4:6 says “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done” Tell him, not just what you need, but your heart, what’s bothering you, spill your guts to your Daddy God because He needs the room the worry is taking up in your life, so He can pour more himself into you! Besides when there is more room for God to fill you up, that is less room for Satan to be able to come in and cause destruction! I don’t know about you, but I want life and calm, not death and destruction!
Proverbs 12: 25 says: Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. If we are worrying, then people will pick up on that. It’s like a domino affect. When I am around a negative nelly I can feel my attitude changing about whatever is happening that day and I don’t like that feeling one little bit. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be someone who cheers others up than weigh them down.
Sometimes we worry about people who like to try to tear us down or those who seem to be against us, but Psalm 37:1 says “ Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong” Instead of letting them get to you, pray for them. In fact, when you pray for those who do wrong to you, the Bible says it’s like heaping hot coals on their head. Now that’s a fun visual to have when you are lifting them up in prayer. Eventually, you will go from praying for them from a place of hurt to praying for them because you are at peace, and you want the same for them. Rember hurt people, hurt people so when someone attacks you to your face or to others with lies, that says more about them than you and they definitely need those prayers we are sending up.
Satan is out to steal your peace and when we worry about things or people we can’t control, we are letting him win! I read a quote the other day that said: “Let your problem be perspective lifters” when a problem comes, instead of worrying, let it change your perspective. Let God speak to you through whatever the situation is. There may be someone who treats you wrong and God wants you to pray for them there may be something that didn’t turn out how you thought it would, but God has something better. There is a reason why things happen, nothing is a surprise to God. That alone should give us the peace we need to stop worrying and trust that God’s hand is at work no matter what the situation we are facing is.
Today, my prayer for you and me is that when Satan tries to come in and torment us with worry through a situation or how we are treated by another person, that we will remind Satan we are covered by the blood of Jesus and our hope is in Him alone. Even Satan can’t argue with that!
Have you ever let worry come into your life in such a way that it kept you so focused on the situation at hand, it caused you not to look at God and trust Him? I have, and I can promise it’s not fun. When I willingly pray and give whatever is worrying me to God, He always works it out to be the best situation for me. So, today, I challenge you to take the time to pray for God’s peace in that situation that is causing you to worry. If he wants you to work on it, He’ll direct your steps, but He may want you to sit back and watch him work so you can add it to your incredible testimony and add yet another thing He did that amazed you! Just think of how awesome it will be if you’re not worrying and letting something get to you is the reason someone is saved. When you can say to someone, I trusted God and He worked it out.
If you need prayer, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or head over to my Facebook page and comment or shoot me an email. I want to agree with you that we will not let worry creep in but that we will have complete faith and peace in God!
Here are some of my favorite books to help you if you are struggling with worry:
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