30 Oct Worry Not
Philippians 4:6-8 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I used to really struggle with worry. I still have my days, and sometimes it doesn’t take much to get me started down the road of worry. I have this really bad habit of “running ahead” and playing the “what if” game. But over the years the Lord has shown me, through His Word, how to find victory over worry. I wish I could say I never worry – I can’t say that, but I can say it doesn’t control me any longer. On the days that I start to “run ahead” or play the “what if” game, I quickly hit the brakes and remind myself of Philippians 4:6-8.
I want you to notice there is more to it than me just saying, “Hey don’t worry about it.” It’s not that easy and there’s more work for us to do. Paul says in this verse, “Don’t be anxious (worry) about anything,” (INSTEAD,) “but in everything by prayer….let your requests be made known to God.” So He is saying instead of using that time to worry, use it to pray! That can be when I’m driving down the road in the car, sitting at my desk at work, watching my son or daughter on the athletic field. Whenever I start to worry, let that be my prompting to pray.
Then, there is a promise. When we do our part, which is the praying instead of worrying, God always does what he promises which is, “And the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds.” That moves me from worry to a place of peace and rest. That’s a promise from God!
So what are you worrying about today? That’s the one thing God wants to talk to you about. Better yet, that’s the one thing He wants you to talk to Him about. Exchanging worry time for prayer time leads me to a peaceful time.
“Stop worrying about what can go wrong, and get excited about what can go right.”