Stress from excessive worrying is a major cause of illness among Americans. From tight deadlines at work to family issues at home, worry runs rampant in today’s society. It is normal to be concerned about things that seem to go awry, but when concern becomes worry, it becomes a problem. God has called every believer to live free of worry. This is why He said in His Word that you are to cast your cares upon Him, because He cares for you. How is He going to care for you if you’re too busy trying to care for yourself? The Bible doesn’t say He cares with you, as though this is a unified effort! He said He (alone) will care for you. This releases you to obey His Word and His will and let Him handle the messy stuff.
Did you know worry is a sin? It shows that you don’t fully trust in God and His ability to deliver you out of any situation. And since you know that trust is the foundation of any solid relationship, what does that say about the stability of your relationship with God? Philippians 4:6-7 says that you are not to be anxious (worry) about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.Then, the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. After you submit your situation to God, His supernatural peace will calm your soul. If you are not experiencing His peace, it’s probably because you haven’t fully submitted the problem to Him! When you worry, you limit Him in the ways He can help you and often times, delay blessings He’s prepared for you. Worrying also affects your health, your interactions with others, your walk with God, and even your ministry to the lost. No wonder He tells us not to worry!
Although it is perfectly natural to worry, God calls every believer to die to his or her flesh daily. Stop trying to be your own hero and let God be that for you. He is Jehovah Jirah, the Provider, right? Well, don’t try to take His spot! Let Him rescue you so you can tell others about the Strong Deliverer that saved you when you couldn’t save yourself.
Jesus said that believers should not concern themselves with what they will wear, eat, sleep, or what will happen tomorrow because God already has those things taken care of. If God takes care of the birds and plants, will He not take care of people, the pinnacle of His creation? The birds do not struggle to live, nor do the plants struggle to grow. Likewise, you should not go through life struggling with every little situation under the sun, especially things that are beyond your control.
Allow God to use you to bring glory to Himself through the situation. It’s hard to trust God when things aren’t going right and everything you touch seems to fall to pieces, and it’s hard when people turn from you and you don’t understand why it’s happening, but don’t give up! James said that you are to consider a joy when you face various trials because the testing of you faith develops patience, or perseverance. This is necessary in your walk as believers because it is a sign that you are spiritually maturing. According to Joyce Meyer, patience (or perseverance) is the only spiritual gift that can only be developed through suffering. The Holy Spirit has already planted the seed of patience in you, but it takes trials and troubling times to bring it to fruition.
As you learn to trust God in every situation, He will begin to entrust you will more blessings, more revelation, and more of Himself.