The information in this devotion comes from sources that are much more intelligent than I.
A church sign boldly put out the message “Don’t let worry kill you, let the church help”
It is human nature to worry. But why do we worry?
1. Because things aren’t going the way we expect
2. Because things aren’t going the way we want
3. Because something bad is happening to us or someone we love
4. Because something good is happening to someone we don’t like
Can you think of some other reasons people worry?
The Bible tells us we should several things when dealing with worry:
1. We Should go directly to the Lord
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
2. We should acknowledge that God is in control
“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up” (Proverbs 12:25, NIV).
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?’” (Luke 12:22-26, NIV). (Also see Matthew 6:25-34)
3. Worrying is literally bad for your health
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” (Proverbs 3:5-8).
There are some general common sense suggestions that can help if youa re bogged down in worry:
• SIN IN YOUR LIFE—Sometimes fear and anxiety are the result of one’s own sin and guilt. If you have committed a sin or done anything evil, your fear and anxiety is probably God and your own conscience trying to get your attention. You need to repent, confess your sin, seek God’s forgiveness, and set it right.
• SLEEP—Humans generally need 8 or 9 hours of sleep per day. Sleep deprivation can increase anxiety. Get enough rest.
• BE MORE REALISTIC—Many people are worried and anxious about events that will never actually will happen to them. Relax. Focus on today. Take life one day at a time.
• LISTEN to relaxing, soothing music. There is some great Christian music available that can help you focus on God and leave your fears and worries behind. It may also help to listen to good Christian speakers and teachers.
• FUN—If at all possible, do something that you enjoy. It is good to get some recreation on a regular basis. Take a break. Get your mind off your fears and worries, and have some fun.
• TALK to someone. Don’t hold all the anxiety inside. It can be a big relief to share your fears and worries with someone else—a friend, relative, pastor or counselor. If fear and anxiety is an ongoing problem in your life, schedule a regular time each week to talk with someone.
• TAKE ACTION—If there is something practical and wise that you can do to alleviate the problem or avoid needless danger, take action. Don’t put it off. Procrastination will generally raise your anxiety level.
• EXERCISE—Medical studies show that exercise can help lower anxiety. If you are healthy enough to exercise, try it. Regular brisk walks, running, swimming or other exercises can be a real stress reducer.