Overcoming Worry (by Nicole Boswell)
Are you a worrier?
What do you worry about?
Do you worry about things that have happened in the past?
Maybe you worry about something you said to someone. (Did they take it the wrong way?) Or maybe you worry about something you did. (Did my actions cause someone to stumble?)
Do you worry about a current situation? (How am I going to find the money to pay these bills?) Or maybe you worry about the future. (What if I lose my job? Or, what am I going to do after college?) There are so many things in this life that cause us to worry.
There is a difference between being worried about a situation and having Biblical care or concern. Webster’s Dictionary defines worry as: to afflict with mental distress or agitation; to subject to persistent or nagging attention. Worry implies fret about a situation. To have care or concern about someone or a situation is a Biblical concept. Like the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:28, it is necessary for us to show care or concern towards our brethren. What we need to work on is our fret about worldly concerns.
So what do we do when we begin to worry about something? How do we push aside our fret and learn to lay our concerns on Jesus? We sing the hymn, “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms.” That song comes from the passage in Deuteronomy 33:27 where Moses is telling the Israelites that God is their refuge and His arms are everlasting. When we are children we run to Mom or Dad when we are in pain or scared. We seek the comfort of their arms wrapped around us. We feel safe in their arms. Our Eternal Father does the same for us today. We can run to Him when we are scared or worried about a situation. We can find comfort and security in His everlasting arms. Talking to our Father about our problems and telling Him in as much detail as we can what is on our mind is one of the richest blessings a Christian has. We have the privilege of asking Him for guidance and comfort while having the confidence in Him that He will take care of the problem.
We also need to remember that God’s time frame is not always the same as ours. He may have something better in store for us or He may have something He needs us to learn before He takes the fret away. It is important that we spend our good days in devotion to Him. Seek Him first and He will take care of our needs in this life. (Matthew 6:33) “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34.
Our heavenly Father loves us. He knows we have needs and concerns in our daily lives. He desires to do good for us. We need to seek God first! Then, in a proper relationship with Him, we can confidently ask The Lord for help when we are fretting about a situation. Remember all the times He has helped you in the past. We as humans are forgetful creatures. We need to remember the countless times God has brought us through tough situations. He has wrapped us in His arms and led us to safety, and He will continue to do so again and again if we will put our faith and trust in Him!