How to Stop Worrying
Something I read in my devotional last week I just can’t get out of my head. Each day, I read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. (If you don’t have a devotional or are looking for a new one – I HIGHLY recommend this one! You can buy it on Amazon here.) In this devotional, Sarah writes as if it’s the voice of God speaking directly to each of us. Last week, one of the devotions was about worry. That’s something I see a lot when people come to counseling. They worry about the future, the past, their relationships, their jobs, and so much more. And a lot of people come to counseling just because they want to know how to stop worrying. And so, Sarah’s devotion was perfect for that day.
It’s something that I guess maybe I’ve always known, but have never really been able to put into words. You see, God gives us days and nights so that we can separate life and have manageable portions to handle. He knows that our finite minds can’t handle His infinite plans. And yet, even though we’re told time, and time, and time again in Scripture to just trust Him, we find ourselves worrying and taking on stress of things that aren’t yet ours to handle. Take, for example, what Matthew 6:34 says:
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
It’s a great reminder to allow God to work in our lives, and to simply get out of the way. But the thing that struck me the most was written in the day’s devotion – and it’s something I just can’t get out of my head:
My grace is sufficient for you, but its sufficiency is for only one day at a time.
Whoa. Obviously, we’re not following God’s command when we continue to worry about the things He’s told us to let go of. But it also occurred to me when reading this that we’re also stepping outside of God’s grace – His protection when we refuse to allow Him to handle the situations we’re struggling with. We’re actually telling Him we DON’T want Him involved and that we are choosing to leave His protection and care. I don’t know about you, but that’s certainly a situation I don’t want to be in.
So, how do we stop worrying?
There are a lot of things you can do. First, I would recommend reading Scripture about what God tells us about worrying and fear. Do your research and see what He’s saying directly to you. Second, pray for God to remove those worries from your mind and heart. Lay them at His feet, and ask Him to rid your mind of them. Tell Him you need His help, and be willing to give those things up. Sometimes it’s increasing your faith, and asking God for help. And sometimes, maybe it’s more serious, and you should consider talking to a counselor for some guidance.
God wants you to be free of the worry you’re facing. All you have to do is take that first step.
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