Jesus says ‘Do not worry about tomorrow.’ Now that sounds good but it’s not as easy as all that, especially if your life is in turmoil.
What sort of things do we worry about? Ask yourself what are you worried about at this moment in time?
Let me share with you some ideas which might help us all stop worrying, and if it does not stop the worry it will have a profound effect on the symptoms, I assure you. They helped me and I hope they help you.
First of all, pray into the situation. I don’t mean the ‘why me?’ sort of prayer but the prayer that asks God to show you the way forward through whatever is going on. In 1 Peter 5:7 we read: ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’
Secondly, focus your thoughts on God’s attributes. Even King David often cried out to God in his distress but at the same time he remembered who God is and what God had done. Think on such things yourselves. Remember times when God has brought you through a difficult worrying time in the past. Remember God only works for good for those who love him. Remember God is love and He is also faithful.
Thirdly, seek advice from godly people. Often what we are going through in life others have already gone through; the same sorts of things. Be prepared to share your worries but remember to share them with people of faith. Psalm 1 reminds us not to seek the advice of ungodly people.
Fourthly, we need to be mindful of Satan’s schemes. It is so easy to put him down, to pretend he does not exist and to assert he has no power. He is a liar and a seducer. He will convince you that nothing bad could possibly happen to the child of God, so when it does what do we do? We doubt our faith and our love for God. Recognise Satan for who he is and what he is about and stand firm against him. As it says he prowls around waiting to devour the children of God. Stand firm, putting on the whole armour of God.
Fifthly. we need to trust Jesus. As it says in Hebrews 4:15: ‘For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.’
He knows what we are going through and he is right there with us. He knows what tomorrow will bring and asks us to trust him with tomorrow as well as the present. Remember we are not alone - we are never alone.
As the great song says. ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.’
Finally, number 6 is simple, read your Bible. That’s what I do when stressed and worried. Reading passages of scripture using daily readings designed for the purpose helps faith grow strong. And although the worry may still be present you can manage it because you are a person of faith and as it says in Romans 8:28: ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’
Do you love him? Then be assured of his love for you and his protection.