Worry, honestly, ask yourself. What has worrying done for you? What have you gained from it?
I literally spent the most of my early Christian walk in worry. I used to worry about what people thought of me, opening my post was a nervous procedure of what bills may come through. The worst case scenario had to be carefully thought through. I was a deep worrier and thinker, and my lack of knowing the word of God was to blame for that. Our mind is a battlefield and it is so important that the Word of God has centre place to help us filter our thoughts to make sure they are in line with the word of God (2 Cor 10:5).
Jesus himself asked “can your worries add hours to your life?” Matthew 6:27 – In fact, note here worry does not add hours, it literally robs you of hours of your time, even your night which you should be sleeping peacefully as a baby.
Knowing the word of God is key and crucial for any Christian to live a successful and fruitful life. As you open the word of God, He will speak to you and help strengthen you to be the strong man/woman of God He intended you to be.
Note, as Jesus spoke in Matthew 6 about worrying, it came after the ‘Model Prayer’ where Jesus emphasised on our communication with God; Prayer.
I really love Philippians 4. Paul here tells us, do not worry, be anxious, troubled, bothered, hindered by anything but in everything, pray. I literally read this as ‘pray about everything’.
When we take our concerns, worries and problems to God not only are we depending on Him but we are strengthening our faith in Him. We are letting go of our own strength and saying ‘Ok God, I trust in you and have faith that you will see me through’. If we don’t trust in God, we are lacking in faith and Hebrews 11:6 says “Without faith it is impossible to please God”.
Sometimes we feel as though if we’re not worrying that we aren’t doing something about the present situation. This is our flesh, which always feels the need to do something. This is the Martha wanting to cook and clean whilst our Spirit as Mary is wanting to sit at the feet of Jesus. When you pray and leave it at the feet of God you are casting your burdens/ anxieties to Him (1 Peter 5:7) and seeking guidance, advice and breakthrough from the one who knows exactly what to do, how to do it and when to do it.
I remember a time, I was really unhappy in a job I was in, I had been applying for new roles and wanted to leave. We had been away for our anniversary and I was due to return to work within 3 days. That night I had woken in the middle of the night to get a drink of water. As I walked I heard the enemy say “What are you going to do about work”, I remember that moment so clearly I responded “I don’t know but God does” I walked back to bed and slept like a baby! The very next day I was called for an interview and got the job the same day. The Tanya of years back would have not been able to go back to sleep and would have stayed up worrying for hours – losing sleep, thinking of what ways I could change this situation. Rather, I depended on God and allowed Him to take centre stage and do what only He could do.
I am not saying this is a formula but the point of what I am saying is. As Philippians 4 mentions...
What I am trying to say here is, what value is worrying over a situation for 2, 3, 24 hours? Why not go to God in prayer, allow His supernatural peace to overwhelm you and give you peace that goes beyond your understanding, that reassures you saying “it is going to be ok”, as you read through Philippians 4 to verse 13 Paul goes on to say “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”.
You have all the grace needed to go through your current situation. Just go to God who will fill you up and empower you. Speak His word back to him. Ask Him for help.
Finally, whatever you are going through today will one day be your testimony.