“For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:7-8)
Worried, Anxious, Nervous, Concerned. Fearful.
Why do we deal with such emotions?
As we walk through life there are many unknown. We don’t know about tomorrow or even the next minute. We don’t know how our children will turn out or what may happen to them. We can’t control the government or the weather.
We have influence in our lives as to their outcomes, and this little bit of influence goes to our head in the form of perceived control over the outcomes of our lives. Are we really in control?
We say Jesus is Lord, but we worry like we are.
We say we trust God, but we are nervous about whether He may or may not act.
We say the Holy Spirit is alive, but we live like He is imaginary.
When we look at the scriptures, we see that God has PROMISED to take care of us, and Jesus had PROMISED to provide for us, and the Holy Spirit has PROMISED to guide us. Do we believe this?
How can we keep from worrying so much?
First, we need to recognize that we don’t own anything – even our lives. Maybe we need to wake up each morning and speak this truth out loud: This life is Yours. These Kids are Yours. This money is Yours, This job is Yours. These hands are yours. These feet are Yours. This day is Yours. Everything is Yours.
Next we need to be willing to follow the ways of Jesus by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This will require bible reading/study and prayer. It will include wise counsel from other faithful followers of Jesus.
Finally, upon succeeding to recognize each of these concepts, we begin to actually have faith when we live out our trust for the One who gives life. We live with the understanding that everything that happens is covered by Romans 8:28 and Matthew 6:33.
We should be people of peace, but when we live under our own power and guidance, then worry about the unknown becomes a controlling force.
This isn’t easy to fix; it may take years to get better, but once you are able to focus on the Kingdom of God and His provision – taking each moment as a gift – you can find peace in His presence as you walk in life.