In reality, there’s no future in it.
We call it by a lot of other names like “stressed out,” “anxious,” “dread,” etc. But, in reality, they’re all the same: an inward sense of fearfulness over something that’s happened, is happening or MIGHT happen in the future.
And, as I said at the first, there’s no future in it for two reasons: 1. It’s not going to change anything except make us feel worse; and 2. It’s like there’s no future, i.e., the way things are right now is the way they’re always going to be.
But, dear Reader, that’s just a lie of the devil who wants us to live with a sense of hopelessness and despair—which come when we take God out of the equation.
It was no accident that Abraham was called “the father of Faith,” for he “went without knowing where he was going” when God said “Follow Me” (Genesis 12:1-4; Hebrews 11:8). Instead of worrying about leaving the comforts of home or what ills might await them, Abraham “believed God, i.e., took Him at His Word” (Gen. 15:6) and set sail for parts unknown.
This didn’t mean he had perfect Faith—for two different times he lied about his relationship to Sarah and also took matters into his own hands by having a child with Hagar, his handmaiden, instead of waiting on God (Gen. 12:10-20; 16:1-4; 17:15-21; 20:1-18).
But, he did have persevering Faith that ultimately rested in Who God was/is and what He has promised, which is the essence of “pleasing/saving Faith” (Heb. 11:6).
And, dear Reader, in reality, that’s the antidote for worry.
Yes, when you know God is faithful (I Corinthians 10:13)—and is a sparrow-watching, hair-counting, tear-catching God (Matthew 6:25-34; 10:28-31; Psalm 56:8)—then you can rest easy, knowing that He’ll “work everything together for good as you love Him and fulfill His Purpose in your life” (Romans 8:28).
Does that mean you won’t have difficulties, trials and tribulations? No, not at all; in fact, the devil will make sure of that, trying to discourage you so you won’t be a threat to him. Plus, by nature, we’re all “drawn away by our own lusts” (James 1:13-15; I John 2:16) and end up reaping “the wages of our sin” (Rom. 3:23; 6:23; Gal. 6:6-9).
But, even then, we shouldn’t worry; instead, we should continue trusting the Lord and entrusting everything—our family, finances, future, etc.—to Him. That way we can continue to say “Steady as she goes” when everything’s falling apart.
No one said this would be easy or quick. We’re worriers by nature. But, by daily reading and meditating upon God’s Word and spending time in prayer with Him, we’ll soon find His indescribable, incomparable Peace is calming our heart and mind (Jn. 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7).
Thus, the next time everything’s falling apart, we simply need to come apart (step back, pull back) from our problems and focus on His Presence, Promises and Power. In so doing, we’ll soon feel His Peace slowing down our thoughts, heartbeat, blood pressure, etc.
And, oh how sweet this Peace!
Look at it this way:
If Jesus could calm the winds and the waves on the Sea of Galilee by simply saying “Peace, be still,” then surely He can also calm the turbulence in our heart and mind when all we see/hear is “Doom, despair and agony on me.”
The key is Faith and focus. Faith and focus.
Take your eyes off your problems and “look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your Faith” (Heb. 12:2). Slow down, take a deep breath (breathing in His Promises) and slowly exhale (releasing your petitions to Him). And, soon you’ll find those fears flying out the window. Amen and amen. God bless you.
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