Every person is challenged by worry and anxiety in their lives. Yet, worrying does not change our circumstances and can actually cause us emotional, physical, and spiritual harm. Satan uses worrying to distract us so that we are focused more on ourselves than on God. Worrying implies that we think we are somehow in control, that we can change every circumstance, and that we are in charge. Nothing can be further from the truth! The truth is that God is in charge and we need to trust in Him. When we trust God and release our problems to Him, He will give us the peace and rest that we long for!
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus uses the phrase “do not worry” three times. It’s pretty clear that worrying is not something that God desires for His precious children. In fact, the sentence structure here in the original Greek denotes a clear directive from the Lord, which requires our acknowledgment and subsequent obedience.
I remember when I was in school, the night before final exams I would stay up late, cramming as much information into my brain that I could, all the while worrying that I wasn’t going to pass my tests the next day. I remember one night, my senior year, I was running through my usual playbook when I felt the Holy Spirit telling me that I had done enough worrying and it was time to find rest at the feet of Jesus. I picked up my guitar, climbed up on the roof, and had such a sweet time of worship that filled me with so much calm and peace that afterward, I immediately went to bed and fell asleep. The next day I did just fine on my exams.
Throughout the Bible, God calls on us to basically just calm down and relax. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 37:7 proclaims, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” Job 37:14 tells us to “stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” You get the idea!
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
So when life’s problems begin to weigh us down, instead of wasting our time stressing out about stuff, let’s run first to Jesus to help guide us through troubling circumstances. He’s available 24/7 and no problem is too big for Him!