It is easy to get caught up in the cares of this world. We all have anxiety or worry regarding the concerns in our lives. Sometimes it overwhelms an individual. Anxiety controls the person’s outlook altogether.
God’s Word says, in Psalm 94:18 & 19, When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation (comfort) brought me joy.
This scripture comforts in the face of anxiety. God surrounds the believer with His love and care. When we bring our concerns and worries to Him in prayer. But we need to put down our burdens and ask God to help us leave them at the foot of the cross. God is gracious and He will carry the burden for us when we ask.
We need to remember that we are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31 states, “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” And further examine Matthew 6:28-30, “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, and yet I say to you that even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed, like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:34 concludes with, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
When examining these scriptures, we can draw God’s comfort and love to us from them. He says He will support us with His love when we are anxious. He also lets us know we are valuable to Him. We are not to fear because He promises to take care of us. We know we might have to go through trials, but He will carry us through it. It is very easy to say “do not worry or do not fear.” It is almost impossible not to do it except for the grace of God. He says worry is sin. So how do we stop worry? Trust in God replaces worry. We ask Him to fill us with trust in Him by His grace. We ask Him to carry us when we feel worried and to carry the burden for us. This is God’s grace. He can and will do it if we ask. But it means becoming dependent on God. It means we must ask over and over in those moments our flesh is weak. We know what is right. We need God’s grace to help us accomplish the right. The Holy Spirit lives within us and it is He that gives us the power and ability not to worry when we rest ourselves in Him.
One other excellent piece of advice from the scripture listed above is to take one day at a time. When we look at the big picture, it can get overwhelming. We must learn to live one day at a time in God’s care. Do you think His word, which promises you are valuable to Him, much more valuable than the sparrows… does that not prove His thoughts toward you are tender? Also look how lovely the lilies of the field are. Think of them as the summer breeze blows over them, bending their beautiful heads in the wind and the sun… God promises to clothe you as beautifully. You are precious to Him as you believe in His goodness and His Word. Jesus is a personal Savior. He cares about our needs and He wants us to talk to Him about them. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8).
There is one thing in life we need not worry about and that is that God will take care of us. The road may not always be easy, but He will “carry us” and “our worries” if we lay them down and “ask Him.” His Word promises it and we can trust “His Word.”
A quiet place of peace and tranquility, to find rest for the soul and cast all our care on the LORD.