It seems like I have spent the last few days worrying. Its like the whole day I am consumed with worry about things. I have been finding it so hard to trust God in certain areas in my life. I feel like I need to sort and figure everything out by myself, instead of giving the control to the Lord.
The Bible clearly teaches Christians to avoid worrying. In Philippians 4:6, we are commanded,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
In this Scripture, we learn that we should bring all of our needs and concerns to God in prayer rather than worry about them. Jesus also teaches believers to not worry. He encourages us to avoid worrying about our physical needs like clothing and food. Jesus assures us that our Heavenly Father will take care of all our needs (Matthew 6:25-34). Therefore, we need not worry about anything.
I have tried so hard to overcome my worries. But how? In 1 Peter 5:7, we are instructed by the Lord to:
“cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
God does not want us to carry around the weight of problems and burdens. In this Scripture, God is telling us to give Him all of our worries and concerns. Why does God want to take on our problems? The Bible says because He cares for you. God is concerned about everything that happens to you. No worry is too big or small for His attention. I think that that is often my problem, I catch myself thinking that God doesn’t need to bother with all my worries. Now when I think of it I am ashamed that I do not trust the Lord with everything. When we give God our problems, He promises to give us His peace which surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7).
If there are worries in your life today, I encourage you to give them to Jesus. Jesus says,
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30).
That verse brought me to tears last night. We have such a caring Saviour, and to have Him ask me to come to Him with my worries is a wonderful feeling. And the incredible promise that we will find rest for our souls.
I am trying so hard to apply this Journal to my own life. I almost feel weird posting this Journal today because its something that I am dealing with and I have a long way to go in this area. I feel that God always inspires these journalsand I hope that someone out there can be as encouraged as I am as I write them. I love all of you that actually take the time to read these.