I think it is my best kept secret that genuinely I get really worried sometimes. I like to be the one person that stays cool when everyone else loses their heads, but I have certainly have my moments of gripping panic. In the midst of a normal day, I will suddenly get suffocating thoughts about who-knows-what. Can you relate?
-keeping my grades up
-reputation and success in general
-friends and family
-am I good enough?
In these moments, it’s important to turn to God. That’s what he asks us to do actually, it’s a huge exercise in faith, but it is such a relief to know that the creator of the universe wants to take care of our problems.
Some of these are a bit longer than a single verse, but that’s because they’re important! They are also all out of the NIV. Let’s dive in!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight.”
I love this. This verse straight-up tells us that we don’t have all the answers to solve our problems. So don’t put that pressure on yourself! As long as you follow God, he will take care of the things you worry about.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Wow. “Peace that transcends all understanding.” Can you even imagine what that’s like? And of course, our hearts and minds are where most of our worries lie. Do you ever worry about something and then realize you were just over thinking it? (#me) Well, that peace of God will guard our hearts and minds from exactly that.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
There are a lot of things in this world that claim to offer us comfort. Money, health, relationships- and even though these things aren’t bad, they cannot give us the peace that God is offering. Don’t be fooled into thinking that reaching you next worldly goal is the key to being happy, and drop the worry that comes with it.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
This is something I clung to when I was searching for the right college. Talk about worry there! In truth, it doesn’t matter so much what you do and where you go as long as you commit yourself to God. You will surely be a success to Him.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you, he will never let the righteous fall.”
This is definitely the source of Finding Favour‘s song “Cast my Cares”, which I love! If you haven’t heard it, listen to it! Both this verse and that song give us a strong message about how we should handle our worries. Actually, God wants us to give Him our worries, that’s how he sustains us. It is not always easy to let God handle your worries, but if worry is something you struggle with, use it as a tool to draw closer to God rather than letting it drag you down.
Ok, this one is obviously a lot more than a verse or two, but it’s honestly so good! Please pick up your Bible and read it right now. This passage contains my favorite verse of all time, which I thought need a bit more of a presentation.
Are you not more important than they?
My friends, there is an all-powerful God that cares enough about the insignificant little birds to feed them. Do you really think he would neglect those who He’s created in His own image? This passage does a great job of putting that into perspective, I’d even say it makes whatever worry we have look silly and small.
Worry is not fun. It’s not. I’d say it is one of the most miserable things we can experience as humans. So why hang on to it? Here we have the all-powerful God asking us to surrender our worry to him, won’t you take him up on this? I’m not going to lie, it takes practice to surrender your worry, and there is always room for improvement. But combating the worry in your life has long-lasting benefits. No matter what, God always wants the best for you, so take a stand against worry.