Leave Your Worry Beside His Still Waters
Who among us has not experienced one of those sleepless nights spent tossing and turning, our mind consumed with “what if’s” and “how will’s” instead of sweet dreams. It has been said, we live in an “Age of Anxiety” and who could disagree with that? Everywhere we look people’s faces are taut and tense. The prevailing attitude of society is one of disquiet and apprehension. I just bet you know someone that suffers from some disorder complicated or even brought on by stress and worry; stomach disorders, heart disease or hypertension to name a few.
Unfortunately, we each have more than enough things in life to worry about, but what good does it do any of us? Worry is useless. It has never paid a bill, solved a problem, gotten us that new job, helped us receive an ‘A’ on our exam or healed an illness or disease. So how do we rise above worry and let it go? How do we find peace of mind amid our problems? One thing is certain, until we can quiet the monkey mind that is stuck on the refrain, “What if” or “How will” we will remain lost in a maze of doubt, confusion, and overwhelm. The most empowering and effective way I have found to stop the worrying and find peace is through spiritual reading, prayer and what I call a good “mental soaking” in the Divine Promises. When we worry we aren’t trusting God, and so for me it’s time to open my Bible. The Bible is overflowing with guidance and reassurance meant to ease our worried minds and we’ve no farther to go than the most famous of all Psalms the 23rd.
He leads me beside the still waters. Psalm 23:2
David declares in this comforting verse that God is “leading” us. Stop and really think about that for a moment. God isn’t behind us or beside us but going before us to clear the path. He is leading the way through the trouble, the trial, the challenge, the illness or whatever else is the source of our worry. As our loving Father clears out the brush before us, we can cease worrying knowing that we will be given what we need in the moment we need it as the following verse from Hebrews assures us:
We will find Grace to help us when we need it. Hebrews 4:16
That means, we may not know how that bill will get paid, where that new job will come from, what we will say during that important speech or interview, how we will pass that tough exam or how we will face the results of the lab tests should they come back with bad news, but God is leading, and He will provide all we need in that moment. Now that doesn’t mean we just sit back and let God do all the work. No! God doesn’t usually work that way. We have to pray and stay attuned to His voice so we can follow the action steps He gives us to take. That is how God leads us. If we do those things that God is placing on our heart to do in our given situation we can rest assured that Divine presence is already there, and God will help us deal with whatever happens at the right time, as this translation of the same Hebrews verse reassures us:
So we can go confidently to the throne of God’s kindness to receive mercy and find kindness, which will help us at the right time. Hebrews 4:16
You see that’s the thing about worry, we are concerned about the future rather than living in the present moment. If we live in each moment, the worry begins to dissolve. And remember this, if we are busy worrying about tomorrow we will miss out on the blessings of today. Besides, God doesn’t promise us tomorrow so let’s live fully in this moment! Let’s not be concerned about what happens tomorrow, but let each moment take care of itself. In fact, Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough troubles of its own.” Matt. 6:34
So, let the worries go. They can’t, and they won’t help you in any way. In fact, all they will do for any of us is to make us tired, sick and afraid. If that isn’t enough to make you want to give up worry, remember this; when we worry we are knee deep in fear, and we all know as Christians when fear consumes us who it is that’s at work in our thoughts/minds. Yep, that’s right the evil one. So, the next time worry and fear threaten to overtake your thoughts remind yourself that the same God that created you and gave you life can be trusted with the small details of that life! Let the worry thoughts go and fill your mind with a favorite scripture verse instead. Or better yet, raise your voice in songs of praise to the Lord. Get out your favorite worship music and SING until the fear and worry subside! Lift your spirit up and put your thoughts on higher things. We have a loving God that can be relied on and trusted in to lead us beside the still waters. We may not know what will happen tomorrow for the Lord doesn’t promise us a look into the future. But He does promise to always be with us, to lead us in His Light, to clear the path, and to provide the Grace we need in each new moment, and isn’t this one moment all we really have for sure anyway?
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, I ask for forgiveness for allowing worry and fear to take root in my mind. Worry says that I am not trusting You – that I lack faith in Your grace to sustain me. Without faith it is not possible to please You (Hebrews 11:6) Please strengthen my faith, and forgive me for living from a perspective of the worldly and not the eternal.
Your yoke is easy and Your burden light. (Matthew 11:30) The burdens I carry today, I now lay at Your feet. Help me to leave them there. I know all my cares and worry I can give You, because You care for me. (1 Peter 5:7)
In the Name of Jesus I now bind thoughts of worry and feelings of anxiety. In their place, I loose the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)
Heavenly Father, You’ve promised to keep us in peace if we keep our mind on You and our trust in You. (Isaiah 26:3) I now affirm and declare that I will keep my thoughts fixed on You because I do trust in You.
You my God are in complete control. I believe You are greater than any worry or fear my mind can imagine. Teach me to persevere in prayer, and grant me a new faith that is immovable. In moments when my heart and mind is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Psalm 61:2)
Heavenly Father, I give you all thanks, praise and glory for delivering me from worry. I give you all thanks, praise and glory for binding each and every stronghold of the enemy that is now coming against me. I give You all thanks, praise and glory for casting the enemy out. You are with me and for me. You are my stronghold and so, what have I to fear? (Psalm 27:1) Knowing this truth, I stand in faith today believing there’s nothing I will face today that You and I can’t handle together. I know and believe that there is no power greater than You, and so, I let go and rest in Your divine embrace because in Christ Jesus, nothing is strong enough to come against me and win. All thanks, praise and glory I give You for this victory and the gift of Your perfect peace that now fills my soul.
In Jesus Name … Amen
Because I know how difficult worry can be to beat at times I’d like to leave you with a great version of one of my favorite worship songs in times of fear, worry and overwhelm, “Blessed Be Your Name”. If you are in a space of worry and fear right now I hope you will do more than just listen, but rather sing along. Let the music and lyrics wash over you flooding your spirit with a renewed and positive energy. I absolutely love this version sung by Sister Cristina … The Singing Nun!
In Christ’s Love,
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