Yep, there are none.
And yet how often do we toss and turn all night because of worry?
How often do we create the worst of scenarios in our heads of what tomorrow might bring only to realize that it’s unlikely it will really come true?
How often do we waste endless hours of thoughts and energy fearing the unknown?
Unfortunately worry plagues us all to some extent in some way.
Worry is what takes a situation we are going through and exaggerates the potential negative outcomes.
Or sometimes it takes no situation at all and creates a hypothetical one out of nothing.
Worry is a big deal in our life because it’s not just a physical and mental issue.
It’s a spiritual one.
Because what worry does is it doubts God.
It doubts God’s sovereignty.
Because if God is really in control then shouldn’t you trust Him to take care of every area of your life?
It doubts God’s love.
Because if God really loves you unconditionally shouldn’t you trust Him to bring things to pass in your life that will result in your ultimate good?
By worrying whether you like it or not you are inadvertently saying “I don’t trust God.”
Worry is pointless because it does absolutely nothing to change the outcome of what will happen.
And unless you choose to fight it directly it will threaten to steal any ounce of peace, joy, and hope that you have.
But there is an antidote for worry that works better than any antidepressants or special technique ever will.
It’s pretty simple.
The opposite of worry is peace.
And where does peace come from?
It comes from God, specifically from His Word.
It is in His Word that we are told not to worry about a single thing in our lives because the God who so lovingly takes care of the birds and the flowers will even more so take care of His children created by His hands and adopted as His own.(Matthew 6:25-34)
It is in His Word that we are reminded to cast all of our burdens on God so that He will carry them for us. (Psalm 55:22)
It is in His Word that we see His love demonstrated to us by hands that were nailed to a blood-stained cross.
It is in His Word that we read testimony after testimony of how God took care of every single man and woman after His heart that called out to Him for help, for protection, and for answers to needs.
How can we not trust a God who has proven time and time again to be faithful to us through His Word and His sacrifice on the cross?
The way to overcome our worries is to be filled with the peace that comes from reading His Word.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” –Isaiah 26:3
I think the peace we experience in our daily lives is proportionate to how much of our minds are filled with God’s Word.
Faith that doesn’t shatter during trials and that doesn’t get shaken during storms is faith that has been rooted in the Word of God.
Peace that extends beyond troubling circumstances is peace that has been anchored by the truth that is found in the Word of God.
That kind of peace lasts even when you don’t know all the answers, even when you’re not sure exactly how your story will unfold, even when the waves around you are still rocking your boat.
Do you want this kind of peace?
Then do what Paul exhorts the Romans to do in Romans 10:17: keep on filling your mind with God’s Word.
There’s a saying that worry and faith can’t coexist and I can’t think of anything that is more true.
If your mind is filled with God’s Word there will be no more room for worries and lies that the enemy tries to send your way.
You won’t be able to live in fear when you’re too busy thinking about how your Almighty Father is walking next to you through everything you go through.
You won’t be able to live in depression and discouragement when you’re too busy thinking about how God loved you enough to send His very own son to die for you.
You won’t be able to live worrying about what tomorrow will bring when you’re too busy thinking about how faithful God has always been in taking care of you.
Today… if your mind is filled with worries come to God’s Word and exchange it for the peace that He offers you.
You don’t need to have any more sleepless night and any more days filled with fear.
You don’t need to create any more negative scenarios in your head about the unknown.
Turn to God’s Word, fill your mind with His truth and in return He will fill your heart with His peace and hope regardless of the outcomes that follow.
Be blessed and keep on trusting God to take care of all your worries! -Anna… ♥
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7