Worrying is a choice we make
Written by Gary Schneider on 07/08/2018
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Obedience, Worry
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
For some of us, worrying is part of our everyday life. However, God’s Word is very clear about us worrying, In Isaiah 43:2, it says:
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
Did you know that worry is optional?
Yes, worrying is a choice we make. Here are three ways we can deal with worry in our lives:
We can worry
We can ignore the stress, or
We can relax and trust God
In Psalm 116:7, David reminded himself of God’s promises: “I said to myself, Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.” Like David, some days we need to say this to ourselves (out-loud) many times over.
You can’t worry and trust God at the same time. It’s impossible.
That’s not just good spiritual wisdom from the Lord; it applies to your health as well. The Bible says in Proverbs 14:30 that a heart at peace is a healthy heart. “A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.”
It’s not just what you eat that destroys your health—it’s what eats you. You can have the best health plan around- eat fresh, healthy food in proper portions- but if you’re resentful against someone in your life or worry about the future, your health will suffer.
We deal with all sorts of worry in our lives. Most of them are in these 5 areas:
We’ll be left alone
We won’t know what to do in the future
We won’t have what we need in the future
We’ll be hurt by something or someone in the future
We won’t have the strength to survive in the future
But there’s good news: You don’t have to worry. Worry is optional misery. We have many things that impact our health that we cannot control, but we can control the amount we worry!
God has more than 7,000 promises in the Bible that are remedies to the 5 things mentioned above. Here are a few of them that I encourage you to memorize so that you can speak these (out loud) to yourself, just as David did:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
If you have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you know the One who created your future. His promises about your future give life. Ultimately, we have no need to worry. The One who holds our future will walk with us through it.
Pray this week:
Lord, I lift up all my worries up to you. Please grant me your peace and wisdom so that I can be obedient in your Word. Amen.
In what area of your life are you struggling to trust God, causing unneeded worry? What promise from God will you claim to help you trust Him more and worry less?
Alan Zibluk Markethive Founding Member