By Lorraine Nardozza
The number one source of stress is worry. We worry about our family, job, finances, health, world issues, etc. We worry about things that will never happen. Worry does not change our situation.
- not trusting God
“Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives”. Francis Chan
Worry magnifies our problems; is unnecessary. It can cause us to be stressed which results in health issues such as headaches, insomnia, ulcers, nervousness, anxiety and depression. Worry disturbs our peace of mind.
What is God’s Antidote for Worry?
GOD. All we need to do is believe that God will take care of us.
Psalm 23:1: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. If I believe God will take care of me, I am not going to worry. I must trust God in all things.
God protects us, provides for all our needs and guides us in all we do.
Isaiah 40:11: “He will feed His flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in His arms holding them close to His heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young”.
Philippians 4:19: “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus”. This verse is very clear. God will supply all our needs – not just some of them, some of the time, or just when He feels like it. He will meet all our needs.
What Do We Need to Do?
Accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. God will be our shepherd if we allow Him to. We need to ask Him and allow Him to be in control of our life. He needs to be in charge of our life daily. If He is not your Lord, He cannot be your Shepherd.
In John 10:27: “My sheep hear My voice, I know them and they follow Me.” Jesus says if we make Him our Shepherd, we will hear His voice, we will have a relationship with Him and follow Him.
Worry is a Control Issue
When we worry, we are struggling with, WHO IS IN CONTROL. ME OR GOD. God will never force Himself on us. There are things in our life that we can never control, but if God is in control, we should not worry.
What Should We Do?
PRAY PRAY PRAY. Pray about everything. Pray about the things you are worried about. Pray more, worry less.
Worry doesn’t change anything – prayer does.
Philippians 4:6: “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.” Pray to the One who can change the things we cannot.
1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares about you.” It means that we give all our cares to Jesus and He will take care of them. God cares for us, therefore, we must not be anxious, but trust in Him. He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.
Cast Your Cares
Casting all your cares upon Him does not mean that you will never go through trials or be unhappy. But it does mean that He will never leave us or forsake us. We will never be able to cast our cares upon Him if we do not humble ourselves to God, spend time studying His word and spend time in prayer.
If we insist on doing it our way, it will never work. We need to hold on to God’s word and keep our eyes on Jesus. When we give our burdens to the Lord, don’t take them back and carry them away with us again. When we put our faith in God, He will work miracles.
Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the days is its own troubles.”
Consider one day at a time. Trust God for today. He will take care of tomorrow.
Someone said – today is the day you worried about yesterday. You can’t change yesterday and you can’t control tomorrow. Don’t mess up today with worrying.
God will give you strength for every challenge that comes your way, wisdom for very decision you make and peace that surpasses all understanding.
Trust God today. Live for Him today. It is a daily choice. Don’t carry your burdens, give them to Jesus. God’s solution for worry is to put Him in control of your life. God loves us and cares about us.
Will you allow God to become your Lord? Your Shepherd?