Sometimes I find myself awake in the middle of the night worrying about something that may or may not have any serious significance.
Here’s the good news.
God has plenty to say about worry and anxiety. Both Jesus and Paul addressed it head on.
What can we do about our worry and anxiety?
First, trust God. Jesus told us how deeply God cares for us. He used examples to make that clear. God cares for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. Don’t you think He cares so much more for you? If God has a plan in place for birds and flowers, He truly has a plan for you (Matthew 6:25-34).
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).
Second, pray about everything. If you find yourself worrying about something, take the time to pray about it. Submit your need to God and ask Him to show you what to do or how to resolve the issue. You can be anxious about nothing by praying about everything (Philippians 4:6-7).
Don’t buy the “it’s too little for God” mentality. Everything–even your greatest worry–is small to God. Take it to Him in prayer.
Third, go to the ant. Proverbs tells us to be industrious and to plan (Proverbs 6:6-11). God has put that within animals and even insects. He certainly wants us to do the same.
Martha and I call it a “Nag List,” it’s those things that keep coming to your mind and nagging you. If you are worrying about something that can be addressed, do something about it immediately. Don’t sit on it. Bad news doesn’t get better with age. The sooner you address it the sooner you can live at peace.
If you are worrying about something that can’t be addressed, then quit worrying. Pray and submit it to God. Tell God you trust Him. Refuse to let anxiety take control of your life.
This is the prescription: pray, trust, depend. Pray about whatever is bothering you, tell God you trust Him with this issue you can’t do anything about, and leave it with Him. “And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
Finally, rest knowing you have a loving heavenly Father who cares about all your needs.
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