In the dark night of our souls, we imagine and worry about the worst possible scenario. In fact, we often conjure up contradictory worst case scenarios to worry about, events that cannot happen to us. We persuade ourselves that God has abandoned us that we have no prospects. How much unnecessary turmoil do we put ourselves through! God doesn’t promise to give us the grace to survive all the scenarios we can dream up–but only to give us the grace to enable us to make it through whatever he actually brings into our lives. In fact, much of what we worry about turns out in the end not to be part of God’s plan for us after all; our worry was wasted work! Of course, Jesus told us this himself when he said “Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (Matt. 6:27). . .
When we stop believing in God’s goodness and give ourselves over to doubt and worry, we easily sink int o a despairing inactivity. This can lead to a downward spiral in which our inactivity makes our situation worse and deepens our despair, which in turn makes us feel less inclined than ever to step out into what we believe to be a hostile world. The key to breaking that cycle is grasping hold of God’s covenant commitment to do us good. If we can once look to the cross and grasp the height and depth of the love of God for us in Jesus, then how can we doubt his desire to give us everything necessary for life and godliness. Dr. Ian Duguid, Esther and Ruth, p. 156-57
Posts Tagged ‘worry’
“Some believers become obsessed with everything that’s wrong with the world. We are continually bombarded by “news” (sometimes more sensational than informative) that dwells on the sufferings, tragedies and crises of life. It is easy for this unceasing avalanche of “bad news” to bury the Good News.
I do not favor living in a cave, denying suffering and trying to be “blissfully ignorant” of the world’s woes. Rather, Paul said, we are to focus our thoughts on the true eternal realities God affirms, that better empower us to rejoice.”
Randy shares 5 Reasons to Rejoice, Not Worry. This was so helpful to me. I would encourage you, if you struggle with worry even a little bit (and who doesn’t) to spend 5 minutes of your day to learn these five reasons to rejoice!
Randy Alcorn offers three ideas. Here’s his synopsis
So how can we deal with worry?
1. Rehearse God’s past acts of faithfulness to you.
Recount how He provided for you in difficult times. Will He let you down now? Of course not!
Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
(Psalm 103: 1–2)
2. Count your blessings, not your burdens.
You’ll find you have much to be thankful for. Worry rarely takes root in a thankful heart.
3. Bring your worries to God in prayer.
Here are some resources that might be helpful to you in conquering the fears of your life:
This is good. . . really good. . .and so helpful from Stephen Altrogge:
Worry is the act of imagining a future without God.
When you strip it down to its bones that’s what it really is. I worry when I imagine a future devoid of God. I worry when I project my current feelings and discouragements and struggles into the future. I worry when I take God’s love and faithfulness out of the equation. When I imagine a stark and bleak future, a screaming void in which my faithful and loving Father does not exist or act on my behalf. Underneath all the anxiety and fear and confusing emotions worry is actually a form of atheism. It’s acting as if God does not exist.
Psalm 18:46 provides three words which destroy worry and fuel faith: “The Lord lives…”
Don’t pass over those words too quickly. The. Lord. Lives.
The rest is just as good so keep reading Three Words Which Absolutely Destroy Worry and maybe put those three words on your refrigerator, on your computer screen or in the flyleaf of your Bible! The LORD lives!
This is one of the most practical posts on worry I have read in awhile. It is written by a Christian woman primarily for mothers but with a word change or two it speaks to all worriers:
“Worry is a kind of “acceptable sin.” By that I mean worry is one of those sins that everyone does so we don’t often address it. Like gossip, worry is something we all know we aren’t supposed to do, but we often gloss over it and call it something else — something like stress. Especially for women, worry can be expected and in some situations to not worry would seem strange.
But deep down, we want to be freed from the chronic feeling of doom and the expectation of something bad lurking just around the corner. We know that the Bible tells us not to worry, but “what if?” thoughts seem like such a part of us that we don’t know how to stop.
What can we do?
Remember and Pray
Like oil and water, trust and worry do not mix. To expel worry from our heart, we need to grow deeper roots of trust in God. Time and again in the Psalms, when the writer’s heart was heavy, he turned to look back at all that God had done for him. As the psalmist looked back at God’s faithfulness and his sovereign care for him, he was able to trust God even in the midst of troubling circumstances.
When we look back in our own lives at God’s faithfulness to us, it gives us confidence and hope in his future faithfulness. We look back to our own story of salvation. We see that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, that this is the demonstration of God’s love for us. When worries threaten to seize our heart, we need to remember and dwell on the truth of the gospel. Remembering the cross propels us in faith for what lies ahead.
And as we remember, we need to turn to God in prayer.”
Read all of Christina Fox’s A Prayer for the Worried Mom’s Heart
Three questions to ask yourself next time you are worried:
What are you worried about?
How does it express itself?
Why are you anxious?
Anxiety is a treasure issue (Matthew 6:34): Worry is what happens when what you value is threatened.