“ Worry is like a rocking chair—it’s always in motion but it never gets you anywhere. ” Joyce Meyer
So are you a worry wart? Do you constantly find yourself worrying? Worrying is one of the biggest wastes of our time and energy. There are a lot of uncertainties in life, circumstances that are out of our control and people we care about who are suffering. But we serve a God who is all-knowing, sovereign and cares more about the people we love than we do. When we worry, we show a lack of faith.
Worry causes us to put ourselves in the driver’s seat and put our faith in what we can do. Worry comes from looking at a situation and trying to figure out all the possible outcomes and how we can avoid the ones we don’t want. It means putting our trust in ourselves and our abilities rather than putting our trust in God. God wants us to put our faith and trust in Him and what He can do.
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Casting our anxieties onto the Lord sounds like a great idea, but how do we do it?
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
The key to avoiding worry and being able to cast our anxieties onto the Lord is found in prayer. This verse doesn’t say we are to just take our ‘big’ concerns to the Lord but to take EVERYTHING to Him. Imagine how much lower your anxiety might be if you were taking EVERYTHING to the Lord. He wants us to share everything with Him in prayer, all of our fears, worries and concerns.
Supplication is defined as “the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly”. When we take our worries to the Lord we do so in humility because we recognize that we cannot do it on our own; we are dependent upon our God. We also approach the Lord with an attitude of thanksgiving because we have faith that He is already working in our circumstances even if we can see it. We know He hears us and He will act. His actions may not come in the way we are expecting them, but He does respond.
If you find yourself worrying about something today, take it the the Lord in humility and thanksgiving. Know He cares for you and wants you to put your faith and trust in Him and His strength rather than your own. He will give you what you need to face whatever comes your way.
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com