Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139:23
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Proverbs 12:25
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Detecting a theme here? God does not want us to be anxious, to worry, or fret. And not only does He not want those feelings in our lives, He gives us the way to deal with our anxieties.
Now, I’m not talking about realistic fear. We are made with a fight, flight, or freeze system, that protects our body in times of danger. Our adrenaline starts to kick in and we can do what we need to do to keep ourselves safe from realistic dangers. Realizing a car is speeding towards you when you cross the street demands some kind of response. Our anxiety about getting out of that cars way is normal.
However, how many times do we go into fight or flight (anger or fretting), when there is no real need.
I sometimes visualize myself seated in front of Christ. He is standing with His hands stretched out – just waiting for me to put my worries into His hands. How often I snatch them back! And how arrogant of me to do so! Do I think I can handle my problems better than He? So why do I hang on to them? Habit? Doubt? I’m not sure.
I do know that visualizing giving the cares to Him gives me a great amount of relief. And I often have to do it over and over. And over.
Dear one, do you realize God does not WANT you to worry, or be anxious, or fret. If these verses are not enough to convince you – go to Biblegateway.com and put in the words “anxiety,” “ worry,” or “fear” and see how many verses there are! I have heard (but not counted) that there are over 365 verses in Scripture telling us not to be afraid. One for each day of the year!
Over and over He tells us.
I wonder what it will take for us to listen?
Father God, what tender care you have for us. You understand our fears, worries, and anxieties. And you have provided so much for us to hold on to during those times. Help us to know that handing them over to you and relaxing in your arms is exactly what we need do in times that vex and worry us. Amen and amen.
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