We can often find ourselves worrying about things. And while it’s easy for people to try and help us by saying ‘don’t worry’, or ‘there’s no need to worry’, it’s not always easy to stop. Many of the things we’re worried about won’t even happen or won’t be as bad as we thought. But sometimes they do happen, so we might think we’re justified in worrying. If we’re finding it difficult to let go of worry, what can we do? These Scriptures can help: ‘Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever’ (Psalm 125:1 NIV). ‘You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you’ (Isaiah 26:3 NIV). Both verses talk about trust. Worry often reveals that we’re trying to trust in our own power, or the efforts of other people, rather than placing all our trust in God. So when we feel worry rising up, let’s use those feelings as a reminder to hand everything back to God and have faith in Him. It might not be easy, and it might take a conscious effort each time, but if we persevere, eventually it’ll become a habit. God knows what He’s doing, and when we trust Him, ‘His peace will guard your hearts and minds’ (Philippians 4:7 NLT). When Paul wrote those words, the Philippians were living under Roman occupation, which was bad. But they knew that the sentries also guarded their town, which was good. They knew that before an enemy could get to them, had to get past the guards first. And when we choose to trust God completely, He’ll guard our hearts from worry and replace those feelings with His peace.
Each time you feel worried today, take a few moments to tell God what you’re worried about and hand it over to Him. If you feel yourself taking the worry back, do the same again. Be persistent and refuse to carry it yourself.
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