“Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 GNT
Worry is like carrying a knapsack on your back filled with EVERYTHING we have no control over. We worry about bills, children, relationships, jobs, and failing health. Peace stealing stuff battles our mind continuously forcing us to spend sleepless nights and stressful days. The saddest and most real part is – nothing changes our anxiety levels in spite of the countless hours we have invested worrying about stuff that we have no control over. The weight of the knapsack hurts our back, but we never think about dropping the knapsack for fear that something bad would happen if we put down the load.
The fear that maybe God cannot handle it, so I’m going to have to worry about it becomes real.
We worry about yesterday and tomorrow while trying to live today. We suffer great loss when we are so burdened with stuff. God’s promises grow increasingly dim and void when we become impatient. As humans, we love to fix things immediately, and to always be in control of everything. So even if we know that worrying doesn’t help, we still are not strong enough to resist the urge to worry.
I have observed that life will constantly bring along things to worry about everyday. It’s like worry comes along with every breath we take. To be alive – the need to worry about something becomes normal with every passing day. If those things we are worrying about today fixes and all is well, by time tomorrow comes there will be new things in the horizon. Worry is like a recycle plant, there’s always something to worry or get anxious or impatient about.
We can find the power to change, maybe not the situation, but the way we look at things.
It’s the devil’s duty to keep us tense and uptight. It’s his job to give us thoughts that we cannot rely on God’s promises because we need to be physically in control of everything.
The songwriter wrote, “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we DO NOT carry, EVERYTHING TO GOD IN PRAYER.”
God our Father speaks in the stillness of the moment through His Word – “Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 CEB
Can we challenge ourselves to trust God instead of losing our peace and becoming anxious over stuff we have absolutely no control over? Worry takes us no further than where we started. It only produces fear, and fear is torment. Let’s take up the challenge – “Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.”
Can we really win the battle of worry? I believe we can if we do exactly what God tells us to do – “Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 GNT
Life is a journey – we can make stops along the way but the stops are not our destination. We’ve got to keep going. Don’t waste today worrying. The birds are fed every morning and they don’t pick up a salary. The flowers still bloom even though they do not toil or labor. Our Heavenly Father is fully capable of taking care of things. God is watching over us.