By Amanda Becker
Have you ever experienced something that had you so worried it made you physically sick?
I have. In fact, several times come to mind.
One of the most worrisome times of my life was when I became pregnant with my son. My husband and I had been married nearly seven years before my son was born. We really felt that God was calling me to be at home with our son, so my husband began searching for a job that would better meet our needs. We knew that we couldn’t afford for me to leave my job if he did not find something else, so we continued praying and holding onto faith.
At six months pregnant, worry and fear really started to creep in, adding “fuel to the fire” of already high emotions.
In those few months before we had our son, I probably thought of every terrible outcome possible…
What if he never gets a better job?
What if I can’t juggle being a new mom and working a job at the same time?
What if we have to struggle financially for the rest of our lives?
I was overcome with fear.
While fear and worry are natural emotions in times such as these, there is danger in staying in that place, allowing the lies of the enemy to take up residence in our mind.
Maybe you're in a place of constant worry or fear, today. Maybe from problems in your job, finances or an illness. The more we hang on to anxiety and fear, the less space we have for God's truth. In 2 Timothy 1:7, Paul writes to Timothy saying, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (ESV)
Friend, God doesn’t want us be worried, confused and scared. When we constantly worry, we’re telling God that he’s not big enough. If we want to experience God's faithfulness, grace and peace in the midst of our situation, we must evict worry and fear from our minds.
How wonderful would it be if every time we were thrown into a difficult situation or trial, our thoughts automatically went to God's love and provision over us instead of the rabbit hole of what ifs.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (AMP) says this, “ We refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ.”
God’s truth helps us see lies and doubts for what they really are, but it takes practice, and it has to be intentional. Spending time in the word on a regular basis gives us the reinforcement we need to be assured of his love and guidance in the midst of our anxiety.
To start, here are three scriptures that you can meditate on when you feel worry starting to creep in:
“... Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 ESV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 ESV)
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 ESV)
I wish I had meditated on these scriptures during my season of worry; I wasted all that time that I could have spent being excited about my new bundle of joy being afraid when, surprisingly, just two months before we had our son, my husband got the perfect job. My worry had been in vain. God was faithful just as he has always been and always will be! Instead of allowing worry and fear to preside over our thoughts, let's plunge into God's truth and allow his peace to permeate our hearts. Only then can His word-- not worry-- be at the forefront of our thoughts.
Word of the day:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6
Lord, please forgive us when we are consumed with worry and fear. We thank you for your faithfulness and love for us. Thank you for working all things for our good. We pray that you would give us peace and understanding in the midst of our trials. Help us to become people of faith, not worry. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.