Each day has enough worries of its own.
We have a unique ability to carry yesterday’s worries and make them our problems of today.
Even worse, we can get caught up in a cycle of fearing what may or may not happen in the future. We dwell on “what ifs”.
What if this happens or what if that happens.
In doing this, we lose our joy, our peace, our ability to fully love and serve those around us. We cannot possibly be the version of ourselves which God has called us to be.
This is the enemy’s trap.
The enemy comes to “steal, kill and destroy”.
If the enemy can get you to dwell on the past or live in fear of what may happen in the future then you cannot possibly enjoy the present. Instead you are stuck in a loop of hypothetical scenarios playing out in your mind that may not be true and may never actually happen. Meanwhile, the enemy is stealing and destroying your joy and peace. He is killing your hope and ability to be the image of Christ in the lives of those who are connected to you.
By failing to live in the present, others miss out on the great gift of YOU and you miss out on living the life which God has blessed you with, to its fullest. You miss out on truly enjoying the people God has placed in your life as well as your ability to enjoy the fullness of God, His great love, joy, peace, guidance and comfort.
Doing this burdens us. It is crippling.
Doing this, long term, can cause us to fall into depression, anxiety and stress.
So how can we appropriately manage our restless hearts and minds? What should we do when we feel burdened, depressed, anxious, stressed …? Surely the Bible must provide some guidance! If this was what you were thinking then well done! You are right.
The Bible does guide us so here are some things to remember:
- God cares for you.
- God wants you to give Him your anxiety and burdens. He doesn’t want you to hold on to it to try to figure things out by yourself.
- You are not alone! God is your help.
|Cast all your anxiety on him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
- God wants you to go to Him.
- He does not want you burdened.
- He wants you to give Him your burdens.
- God can handle your burden so don’t think God is busy dealing with other people’s problems; He wants yours as well!
- In exchange for your problems, God will give you rest.
|Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
||We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)
|Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Love hopes all things (1 Corinthians 13)
- The Lord will provide all of your needs.
|And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
- No matter, God is with you.
- God will bring you through it.
|It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8-9)
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)
These are only a handful of verses showing God’s faithfulness and love.
To be able to rest in the Lord, we need learn to trust in the Lord. The only way we can build this trust in Him is by knowing Him. The only way we can get to know Him is by actually spending time with Him. We need to be active about spending time with God and pursuing Him so that He can not only lead us to life but teach how to live this life and prepare us for the life to come!
Lord I thank you for your faithfulness. Help me to know that In You I Find Rest. Teach me to cast my cares onto you without trying to pick them back up. I trust you to work out every situation for my good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.