Fear Not, Little Flock!
Have you ever found yourself waking up in the middle of the night and unable to go back to sleep? Your mind was flooded with thoughts of what you need to do the next day, or thoughts of what happened earlier on in the day. Before long, your mind becomes the circus, and your thoughts, the monkeys that swing from one branch to the next. You are now wide awake and your stomach is twisted into knots of worry. As you go through the next day, you easily find yourself drifting back into the maze of anxiety. It does not matter what the issue might be, you just cannot seem
to stop worrying about it.
When you choose to be lost in the maze of fear, worry and anxiety, you also drift away from your focus on God’s love for you. You might feel a sense of being in control in some small measures when you worry, and can be persuaded that if you think about the problem long enough, you might be able to find the solution. There are many times in life where circumstances are outside of your control, and if you are a worrier, you will find yourself feeling anxious about every little issue that comes up in life.
God never intends for you to worry no matter what situation you might be facing. Being anxious does not give you one more inch of control over your circumstance. On the contrary, the more you worry, the less your faith and trust in God will be. Proverbs 12:25 states that “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.” That is what worry does to a person. It weighs down his heart and spirit but does not help the situation he is in.
If you are a worrier, you might be thinking to yourself: “Well, I can’t help myself! Whenever I think about the problem I’m facing, I feel tense and anxious.” How about turning the angle of your thoughts in this direction that you are actually in control of your thoughts? You might not be in control of whatever situation you are facing but you are in control of how you respond to it. The only way to combat your anxiety is to think right thoughts according to Philippians 4:6-8 which teaches us to keep our minds focusing on things that are true, lovely and good. What are some of those things that are true and good? How about the fact that God is good, and always knows what is best for you?
God is always in perfect control of your situation. You can safely cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7; Isaiah 41:10). God is all that you need when you face the trials of life, and he promises to give you grace and strength to go through them (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). If you are a born-again child of God, your future is secure in Christ for all eternity. There is nothing in this life that can ever separate you from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39). His plan for your life is perfect as you walk daily trusting in His goodness and care towards you.
Why worry when the God of the whole universe is your loving heavenly Father, and who also gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross to pay your sin debt? The very same God wants nothing but what is best for your life. The only thing you need to do is to trust Him and He will bring it to pass (Isaiah 26:3-4).