Has worry ever grabbed you, and suddenly you feel suffocated by a situation beyond your control? Worry is a condition many live in regularly. We all know there are some rather large situations in life that can escalate our concern to full-blown worry.
If you are a Christian, I can tell you Jesus doesn’t want His children to make a practice of worrying. Worry is a sin, and any effort we put forth to get it under control is time well spent. Some of those efforts are talked about in other blogs on this site, but spending time in Scripture or in prayer are some of my go-to strategies.
The immediate reward of choosing to slow down and engage with God’s Word or talk to Jesus is undeniably beneficial. Ultimately, worry harms our mind and body, which could be why God doesn’t want His children consumed by it. Our heavenly Father knows His children, and He knows when we worry, our hearts and mind are not on Him. It’s as if we agree with our flesh or the devil about situations instead of trusting Jesus and gaining strength through the Holy Spirit to wait on His outcome.
All through the Bible, solutions are given to help us give our worries to Him, to turn our worries into prayers, and cast our burden on Him. Maybe this is where you find yourself now.
If you are in this consuming situation now, can I encourage you to take a healthy break and be consumed instead by God’s Word? Take some time now and read these scriptures.
Psalm 19 (the whole chapter)
Then take a few minutes and write the scriptures.
Then turn them into prayers back to God. This will be time well spent. And if you do this, you will feel God’s peace inside. You will be more relaxed. Then you will know God is in control of the situation. Then you can praise Him for the beautiful work He did in you over the last few minutes, and you can thank Him for what He will do in your situation.
You can’t simultaneously worry and worship God. Every time you worry, you’ve forgotten how much God loves you. Worry is really acting like an atheist. It’s pretending you’re an orphan rather than a child of God. Rick Warren