Dealing with Worry

Life brings us some devastating situations at times.

It is easy to start worrying about the challenges we face in life. Whether it is something to do with us or with people we care about, challenges and trials can lead us into a spiral of worry and anxiousness. 

So what are we to do about it?

Scripture instructs us to pray. 

But the reason we pray may not be what you expect.

We are not told that we should pray because God might answer our request in some way. We are told in Philippians 4:6-7 that we should lift our requests to God in prayer so that we can receive peace as we go through the thing we are worried about.

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Here is the point: We pray and we will be guarded as we go through the trial, not necessarily that God will change the situation so that we do not have to experience it.

That is a big difference.

Facing a big problem can certainly cause us to worry. What is keeping you awake at night? What thoughts run through your head as you lay awake? These are the things that we are worrying about.

So what are we to do?


Lift up these concerns to God and here is his promise to us: our heart and mind will be guarded and we will receive peace.

What does it mean to be guarded? We can succumb to fear and depression when we dwell on the impossibility of a dreaded situation. The peace that God gives will guard us from despair, mind numbing fear, and anger.

We may still walk through that dreaded situation and it may still be very hard to deal with, but I want to hang onto this promise: that peace comes through depending on Jesus in the midst of the darkest time.

So let us pray.

When anxiety comes nocking on your mind —lift that concern to God in prayer! 

When we do this, we are acknowledging God is supreme, almighty, powerful, and above our understanding and ability. 

When we face impossibility, let God deal with the bad odds.

All we are called to do is trust him.

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