People are always saying stuff like, “Oh don’t worry about it. | Don’t stress yourself out. | That stress will kill you.” Even the Bible calls you out on it.
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?
Luke 12:25 NIV
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Matthew 6:34 NLT
…okay, but what are you supposed to do instead? You can’t stop worrying until you adopt a new system for dealing with your problems. The only way to stop worrying about something is to start doing something else.
Stop Worrying and Start What?
Start talking to God about your worries.
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 HCSB
When you finally decide to stop worrying and let go of your anxiety it’s not just going to evaporate into thin air. God is in the business of miracles not magic. Miracles happen when you and God work together. Start by asking for His help.
Accept the comfort God offers you.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 NIV
God does not want you to be running around pulling your hair out. He wants you to take hold of the peace He has for you. So open your Bible and your heart. Quiet your troubled mind and accept this good thing that God has for you.
Face your problems with courage, knowing that God is with you.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 NLT
If you ask for God’s help, He will help. He will be with you in this tough time. The Bible tells countless stories of God getting people through tough times. As you unlearn the bad habit of worrying, you will discover the joy of walking with God for yourself. The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond, VA ends every service with a powerful mantra, “You are not alone. Never alone. Never, never, never. God is with you. And so are we.” Remember that as you walk away from worry, you are not walking alone.
Moment of Truth
It is much easier to write and read this than it is to do this. The natural response to stress is fight or flight. God is asking you to do neither. “Neither?! Don’t fight? Don’t flee?” That’s right. God is asking you to lean on Him. Trust that He has your best interests at heart and follow His lead. It will be not be easy, but it is possible. Will you worry or will you try God’s way?