For most of my adult life, I have struggled with worry. Many months ago, I witnessed a particular event with another person and I realized I didn’t like this ‘worrying aspect’ about myself.
It was not God-honoring.
My children noticed.
My husband had mentioned my worrying several times in the past.
I underlined, read and re-read, and memorized Matthew 6:34 many years ago. I knew that worrying was not productive and was not acceptable to the Lord. I knew this in my head at least, but my actions didn’t really reflect this head knowledge.
I am sorry that I cannot share publicly the event I witnessed that produced such a change of heart, but it was just the thing I needed to open my eyes about this particular life-long struggle. The Lord gave me fresh eyes to see this part of myself and how it affected other people.
Giving Your Worries and Anxieties to God
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As I was finishing up my study of 1 Peter a few days ago, I came across some more encouragement to hand worries and anxieties over to God once and for all.
Although I have ideas and thoughts that roam around in my head, I am thankful they are no longer worries.
This is my summary of Warren Wiersbe’s study Be Hopeful, page 156. I hope it gives you the nudge to hand your worries over to the Lord as well. He has proven to me over and over that He will take care of me in any situation, even those that are dark and bleak and seemingly hopeless.
He is a God of Hope. Amen.
All verses taken from The Amplified Bible because I love its clarity so much.
When we give our worries and anxieties to God, He shows us love in these ways:
1.) He gives us courage to face our cares honestly and not run away. Isaiah 41:10
‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;
I will certainly take hold of your with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’
2.) He gives us wisdom to understand the situation. James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.
3.) He gives us strength to do what we must do. Philippians 4:13
I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose – I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]
4.) He gives us faith to trust Him to do the rest. Psalm 37:5
Commit your way to the Lord;
Trust in Him also and He will do it.
That last verse reminds me of the old hymn:
Only trust Him, only trust Him, only trust Him now.
He will save you, He will save you, He will save you now.