How Do I Stop Worrying?

How Do I Stop Worrying by Elizabeth GeorgeWhen worry strikes, if we’re not careful we can often get discouraged or even depressed. We can respond to life negatively, and take our eyes off God and His promises to take care of us. Do you ever think about the fact that God knows, in advance, everything that will happen?

That means there is nothing that takes God by surprise – even the difficult crises in your life. The next time worry strikes, here’s how you can restore your hope:
Pray “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).
Trust — “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3:5). Refuse to worry about circumstances beyond your control. Remember, God is always in control.
Give thanks “In everything give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). When you thank God even for the hard things in life, you are saying, “Lord, I am confident You will use this for my good.”

 

So when you find yourself worried about tomorrow, lift your cares up to the Lord. He already knows the future, and because He is faithful, He will give you whatever you need to persevere through your problems. In the same way that He sustained the psalmist “through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4), He will preserve and comfort you in every trial you face. That’s why you can rejoice with David and say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (verse 6)!

RESPOND

God, I don’t know what might happen tomorrow, but You do. I can’t cause good to come from any crisis, but You can. I won’t always be able to meet my own needs, but You will. I thank You with all my heart. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES

A Woman After God's Own Heart—Elizabeth George shares God's Word and woman-to-woman practical wisdom on how you can pursue God's priorities for your home and family. Pick up this inspiring book today! 

REFLECT

Deliberately choose to follow God’s advice and “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

REMEMBER

We need joy when we’re suffering and misunderstood, when we’re rejected and hated, and when we’re in emotional or physical pain. Our praise to God gives the Spirit room to touch us with His joy that overshadows these circumstances.


2 comments

  • Thank you for this wonderful reminder. It’s through trials that we learn to apply the promises and commands we are so familiar with. I’m encouraged that through faithful obedience, God gives us JOY in trials.

    Monica Rauch
  • Thank you for your on going encouragement! I am a single and aged mom with a few hard health issues. I’ve been in a long season of unemployment and trying to find the right fit for for myself and family. It helps to be reminded of Gods promises especially while I am overwhelmed almost daily . Bless you!!

    Carol Robinson

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