God doesn’t want you to worry. Really—He doesn’t.
Over and over in the Bible we read where God tells His people not to worry, not to have anxiety. Here is just one of many examples I could name:
Do not be anxious about anything.Phil. 4:6a
This command is hard for us to accept in the hustle and bustle of our busy lifestyles. If you’re like me, you tend to feel guilty if you’re not worrying about something.
It seems like you should be worrying, else you’re neglecting your responsibilities.
However, worrying doesn’t change anything—except maybe to make you feel less guilty.
You don’t need to feel guilty in the first place. Guilt causes you to worry even more—and you can’t do anything about most of the things you worry about anyway.
So, how do we not worry?
First of all, you have to realize that defeating worry is not a one-time thing. Quitting worrying takes daily effort and a resolve to live in freedom in Jesus.
Although you may feel like you’re in an uphill battle and that you’re not seeing any results—keep at it.
Eventually, you’ll find yourself worrying less and living with more joy and peace.
On one of his excellent “In Touch” radio broadcasts, Dr. Charles Stanley lays out three steps to eliminating worry in your life.
Pray over and meditate on these steps. Really think about them and let them sink into your spirit.
Doing so will help you beat worry and guilt.
Step #1 – Realize That God is With You
God knows and sees your situation. He is with you every step of the way.
I will never leave you nor forsake you.Heb. 13:5b
You are God’s child, and He loves you dearly. Just as you would never leave your own child, God will never leave you.
And how much more He loves you than you are able to love your child!
You don’t need to worry about God’s awareness of your situation. He is omniscient and has known that you would experience whatever trial you’re in even before time itself existed.
He has promised that He will always be with you, so take Him at His word.
Pray to your Heavenly Father and ask Him for help. He won’t let you down.
Step #2 – Maintain Proper Vision
View your situation in context of your faith.
God is Lord of the entire universe and can be fully trusted to help you through any problems you might face.
You can hold on to your faith that God is good and that His will is always in your best interest. As we are told in Romans 8:28:
We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
When everything seems to be going wrong and all you have is God to fall back on, that’s when your faith is truly put to the test.
God is all we need. And when He is all we have, we are presented with the opportunity to stand firm in our faith. God’s will WILL prevail.
Step #3 – Seek God’s Kingdom First
If serving God and following His will for your life are your priorities in life, He will make sure that you have everything you need.
Matthew 6:33 tells us:
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
To put it another way, God takes care of His own. If you belong to Jesus and faithfully serve Him, your needs will be met.
Keep in mind, God’s provision might not always look like you think it should, but He will always come through.
God wants to be your provider. His desire is for you to rely on Him and Him alone—not your job, your bank account, or even your own abilities.
When you know that God will meet your every need, you don’t need to worry about having enough.
You’ll have what you need, when you need it. And you can count on that.
So, to sum up Dr. Stanley’s advice for overcoming worry:
- Trust God.
- Have faith in God.
- Seek God.
Here’s to a worry-free, joy-filled life pursuing God!