Swap Your Worry for Something Better

We all face worry. It seems to be a part of life we all face.

But worry does not have to consume us. There is a better way.

Each day this week we are looking at four steps to overcome worry.

Step One: Trust the Father. 

Jesus told His followers not to worry but to trust. He assured them that God cares for them deeply and invited them to simply look at the world around them. The birds of the air do not toil or spin but they have plenty to eat because of God’s care and provision. The lilies of the field receive their beauty from the Father above.

If God cares for birds and flowers, doesn’t He care for you more? He can be trusted with your hurts and concerns.

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Step Two: Replace Worry with Prayer.

In a famous letter to the church at Philippi, Paul told followers of Christ to be anxious about nothing and prayerful about everything (Philippians 4:6).

How do we carry this out?

First, tell God what you are anxious about. Describe your anxiety and its source. I find great comfort in simply telling God I am anxious and why it is affecting me so.

Second, ask God to calm your heart. Repeat God’s promise to give you peace (Philippians 4:9).

Third, ask God to help you face your trials courageously.

Fourth, ask God to help you as you take positive steps to deal with your problems.

Finally, tell God you are now trusting Him with your need.

As we replace worry with prayer, we will experience what God intends for those who know Him. We will enjoy the peace of God which is beyond human comprehension (Philippians 4:9).

Paul described God’s peace as guarding our hearts much like the Roman soldier guarding him in prison.

Let God guard your heart as you take your worries to Him in prayer.

 

2 Comments


  1. Bonnie ferguson
    Jul 16, 2014

    Dr Bailey, thanks for reminding different ways to handle fears and worry. I do not worry like I once did in younger years, thanks to God I have let go and let God , there are a few worrie that still keep coming back around. I am doing my best to not worry, I know he is there helping me understand his time of taking care of things is not the same as my time, he would say, have patience, it isn’t time yet, I’m working on it. Bonnie


    • Waylon
      Jul 16, 2014

      Thanks, Bonnie. Our worry concerned Jesus. For this reason alone, we should do our best. I find simply trusting God to be the key.

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By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. — Psalm 42:8 (NIV)