Don’t worry about it…..Easier said than done, right? A new song by Melanie Penn released a few weeks ago. I sat there trying to process our move to Honduras and all I could hear was “Don’t worry.” Yeah, right? How do I “not worry” when life is filled with unknowns?
In her song, Melanie quotes Jesus:
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:25-27 – NKJV
Our family is moving to another country, can I do it without worrying? Looking up “worry” in the dictionary (.com) you will find this: “to move with effort” and “to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.” Free of worry is not something I feel like I can speak or write about because let’s be honest – I’m still not there. I’m still learning the lessons. But to “move with effort.” I don’t want that. No thank you. So how do I move with ease through this life?
Although worry is something I feel like I’ll alway struggle with, these are some truths for my heart (and you can have them too), which might help stay away the feelings of worry.
Four Truths For When You Are Worrying
1. Truth One: God doesn’t turn a blind eye. I think when I worry, its like I’m asking God: Did you see this? Do you see this thing that is happening or will happen? And of course He sees it. I just need to remember He not only sees it – He is looking intently at it. When the Bible says God “looks” at the things happening here on earth it is with an intensity not a dispassionate glancing. God sees me. Read Genesis 16; Isaiah 29:23; Luke 2:25.
2. Truth Two: God’s love for us goes deeper than we will ever know. Sometimes we just need to be reminded that God loves us deeper than we could ever imagine. The depths of His love for us is all over Scripture, but the cross is the perfect example of Christ’s deep love for you. And me. Do you believe He loves you deeper than you could ever imagine? Read Romans 8 and John 17-21.
3. Truth Three: God will give us what we need. When I read verses that tell me this I often think of things like food, clothing, and shelter, But what about my spiritual needs? And my emotional needs and friendship needs? Will God supply those? If I need it, then I will have it. Many times I suffer because I don’t have something I think I need. When my heart is worrying it is because I’ve forgotten God will supply my needs. So if I don’t have something, its because I don’t need it. Read Phil. 4:19, Psalm 81:10, Proverbs 10:3, and Romans 8:32.
4. Truth Four: God wins. Reading in Revelation a few weeks ago, I found it strangely comforting. Yes, it is filled with heartache, death, destruction, and the wrath of God. But through the pages of those beautiful verses I saw a truth I need to remember: God wins. In the end, the sin and darkness and heartache and pain WILL END. Not only will it eventually be GONE, God wins. He will be on His throne. The same time I was reading Revelation I read the first few chapters of Isaiah. Such a comforting combination to know God will ultimately be King and we will not longer have to fear death. Read Revelation 1-10 and Isaiah 1-3.
The beautiful thing about these truths? You don’t have to feel them to know they are true. You can change your heart by simply believing these things are true, no matter your feelings. Soak yourself into God’s truth and let Him speak to your heart through His word.