Do you worry all the time? To the point that your entire day consists of jumping from one worry to the next? The Bible tells us specific instructions when it comes to the worry cycle, anxiety, and what you can do about it.
Read on to learn how to stop worrying about the future, stop thinking of the past, and stop worrying about what other people think. Then hop on over to this post about Calming Bible Verses for Anxiety and Fear and How to Survive a Trial and Overcome Suffering.
Why Do We Worry All the Time?
Relationships. Money. Stability. Careers. Family. Friends. Past. Future. Present. Everything in between. These are a few things that we worriers think about, obsessively. Once we’ve exhausted ourselves with one worry, it’s onto the next, and so on. And if we can’t get something out of our heads? We’ll think about it until we’re physically and mentally sick.
Trust me, I know.
I’ve spent most of my life worrying and dealing with anxiety. Afraid of what is going to happen. Afraid of making decisions, or decisions I’ve already made. Why do we do this?
First and foremost, I believe it’s because we are living in a lost world. If we’re hyper-focused on what is going on in the world, in our immediate surroundings, looking only to ourselves and what the world can provide, we too will become lost. The world truly is a rat race, and if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself running right along with them.
It’s human nature to be self-centered. And when you don’t have a strong faith, or a relationship with God, you continue to look only at yourself and what is affecting your immediate orbit. You start to rely on yourself for support.
Listen, we can’t rely on ourselves.
World View Vs. Biblical View
I used to be a BIG reader of the self-help book genre. Pre-Christianity, I read everything from the Secret to the Power of Now, and then some. Each book promising to stop worrying, and start living. Each chapter convincing me more and more that I had the power to change everything– my thinking, surroundings, finances, you name it.
It wasn’t that those books were 100% wrong, per se, but they did miss a huge mark: the fact that I’m human and imperfect. I will make mistakes. And I will let myself down.
To add insult to injury, the fact that all these books were saying that my own mind could literally control the universe led to even more worrying.
Because if my mind had the power to make things happen, positive and negative, that meant there is a right and wrong answer. It also meant I was in control of absolutely everything. This made me worry even more. What if I made a mistake? Or if I chose wrong? And what if, my life choices led to some really, really unfortunate outcomes?
You see, the world kept telling me that everything was about ME. And that everything revolved around MY thinking and MY plans. Me, me, me.
What the Bible says is very different.
Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV 5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
This Proverb doesn’t say to lean on yourself, or to lean on the Lord with half of your heart. It says to lean on the Lord with ALL your heart. It also says to acknowledge the Lord in ALL ways.
1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
We have to get humble. To be humble is to not be proud. I don’t know about you, but when I think of the main message of the world, it’s the complete opposite of this. The world wants to simultaneously make you feel “empowered” while also creating a victim mentality.
Therefor, we must cast ALL our cares upon him. Not just half of them. Not just the ones we can’t figure out on our own. No, ALL.
Because HE cares for US. He is the Good Shepherd, guiding us through.
The Lord is in Control of All Things
Please don’t get me wrong: this isn’t to say that life happens to us and not through us. We’re responsible for our emotions, our reactions, and actions. But we are not God. God is in control of all things, and he is the author of my life. It’s not that we don’t have choices, it’s that we can choose to trust God to work in our place, for our highest good.
When I stopped worrying about making the right choice, and instead prayed to God, that HIS will be done, in HIS timing, in HIS season, only then did things change for me.
There was a saying I used to like, which was, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
I now enjoy this quote much better: “Those who leave everything in God’s hands, will eventually see God’s hands in everything.”
To stop worrying, this meant that I had to do 2 very important things:
- I had to make a conscious effort to give my worries to God, every time I had a worry thought.
- I had to TRUST that once I did that, God would take care of it. END OF STORY.
John 14:1-4 KJV 1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Isaiah 41:10 KJV 10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Romans 8:28 KJV 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Isaiah 40:31 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Psalm 118:24 KJV This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Give Your Worries to God
When you give your heart over to God, like REALLY give your heart to him, he will make moves in your life that you’ve never dreamed were possible.
This means that we naturally stop worrying, over time, because we’ll continue to see God weaving himself into the fabric of our lives.
He’s not just a father, he is THE Father. He’s a Good Father, our Abba Daddy, our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is no one out there that can convince me that he’s not. As someone who has battled with depression, anxiety and worry, addiction, and mental anguish, I can tell you 1,000,000,000,000% that HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS.
He is the same God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the same God that brought the Israelites out of Egypt, and he is the same God that can help you stop worrying about everything.
The thing you have to do is keep your eyes on him.
One of my favorite hymns we sing in church is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” Please read these lyrics:
"Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There’s light for a look at the Savior, And life more abundant and free. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace. Through death into life everlasting He passed, and we follow Him there; O’er us sin no more hath dominion For more than conqu’rors we are! His Word shall not fail you, He promised; Believe Him and all will be well; Then go to a world that is dying, His perfect salvation to tell!
Stop Worrying Prayer
“Oh Lord, I come to you today because I am weary and troubled. I want to give my worries to you, but sometimes I don’t know how. Please forgive me for not giving my worries to you before. Please help me loosen the hold on my problems. I give my problems to you Lord, I give all of my life to you. My relationships, my finances, my career, everything. Your word tells us that you will be a light and a shield, that we can cast our worries on you– Lord I ask you to please take away my distress. Please help my life unfold the way YOU want it to, that YOUR will be done in my life, not mine. Thank you for your mercy and grace, thank you for loving me first. In Jesus name I pray, amen.”
The key to stop worrying (about our careers, about ourselves, about what other people think) is simple, and yet can be one of the hardest things we ever do: we have to give our problems and worries to God. He is the only one that can fix them. You won’t find the answers in the world, you’ll only find more problems, or at best, a temporary fix.
The only lasting solution is God, the only way out is God, and the only answer is God.
Giving our lives to God isn’t always easy, and it will be a daily process. But trust me, the more you give yourself to him, the more you’ll see your life change. Like, really, truly, deeply change.
He did it for me. He can do it for you too.
I pray this blesses you.
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