I have noticed that when I get worried it’s because I don’t know how I am going to get myself out of a bad situation. I don’t know what’s going to happen and I don’t know where the help will come from. My mind gets overwhelmed by ideas that present themselves as doomsday or as the end of the world as I know it. Worry makes you believe that there is no way out and that things can’t be fixed. You see parts of your life as broken and pieces are scattered all over the place. You try to pick up the pieces but you can’t find them all and you don’t have the glue that can put your life back together. Worry eats you on the inside and it shows on the outside. Worry is the silent destroyer that can be deadly but that shows up as a minor series of concerns. We give in to those concerns and before you know it they turn into a mountain of anguish and anxiety. I have learned how to stop worry from killing my joy and from paralyzing my peace. When peace can’t move and it is stuck in what looks like a galaxy far, far away, worry can take over our lives and make us do things that we wouldn’t do if we had the peace of the Lord. How do I get to remove worry from my head and from my heart? I let God take over. I turn it all over to God. I remove myself from the solution and I let God be the biggest part of the equation. Today I want to encourage you to turn your worries over to God and to let Him take control of your circumstances. You can worry until you get sick or you can work your way out of the vicious cycle of fear.
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad” (Proverbs 12:25.). Have you ever felt the weight of anxiety? It is like a pit in your stomach and a headache that lingers. Sometimes it feels like a nightmare that you can’t escape. You try to numb the fear and the pain but nothing works. I found what gave me the strength to keep going. I found the wake-up call that gets me out of the nightmare. That call always comes from the Lord and more specifically from His Word. When I start going down the path of sadness and stress, I get a wake-up call from the Holy Spirit in His Word. When I am stressed, the gentle voice of the Lord reminds me to turn to the Word. “Turn to the Word and let it impact your world right now” is what the call sounds like. The more time I spend communicating with the Lord on a regular basis, the faster I get the wake-up call. It used to take me a while to be able to get to a place where I was open to hearing from God. I would spend too much time trying to figure things out on my own. A good word can erase stress and angst. A good word can lift the weight of worries and lighten your mind. I love how the Holy Spirit guides us in His Word and gives us the encouragement we need when we let Him take over. I say a short prayer of surrender and ask Him to take the wheel. He never disappoints!
When worry attacks you, find a word of comfort from God. When worry attacks you, turn it all over to God. Give Him your worries. That’s what I do. I pray and I tell Him that I can’t handle all this on my own. I tell Him that He can do a much better job than I can and therefore I embrace His love for me and His guidance. I cast my cares on Him. I take all worries and concerns to the cross and I leave them there. I refuse to carry the burden of stress. Once I have given them to God, I don’t want them back. Friend, the Lord is your helper. He can turn around the worst situations. Your trials today will end up in the court of life where Jesus is the judge and your sentence is freedom from fear and worry. You are not alone and you are not going to lose this battle. I am not sure what is going on in your life but remember that once you turn your problems over to God, they become His problems and He will solve them. Stay encouraged!
Suggested reading: Psalm 56:3; Hebrews 12:1-2; 1 Peter 5:7