A huge issue in my life is my inability to keep from worrying. If worrying translated into productivity, I’d have published my own novel by now.
There are a couple problems with this worrying thing:
- I mean, the Bible says not to. Quite clearly.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
It’s a commandment there, isn’t it. Somewhat difficult to argue with, wouldn’t you agree?
- Everything, and I mean everything, in my life has shown me that (a) God is in control and b) God is in control. Even when ~the worst~ occurs, (a) still applies. Even when you can’t imagine life going on, (b) is still in effect. How can one worry?
- My mom always tells me ‘Oh! I see you’re worrying! Giving Satan tea and cookies are we? Maybe some biscotti on the side?’ Barring the fact that this makes me miss my mom’s biscotti, it has the helpful image of me letting Satan in my head to mess with me, Screwtape-style. And I let Him!! My mom also asks me whether God has left the throne. No He hasn’t. Satan just wants us to lose faith – if God told us not to worry, it must make Satan’s day when we do! How abhorrent.
So how do you tackle the problem?
- Identify why you’re anxious. What’s the worst outcome of this occurring? Literally the worst? (For me this could involve going from being anxious on a test to fearing I’ll never work in my life. It’s a messy situation and it just devolves.) Now think, even if that occurs, is God still in control of your life? Even if it’s hugely embarrassing, does God not still have the best in mind for you? Even if it’s the end of your world, do you not still think God will hold you in the palm of His Hand? No matter how far your spiral of doom goes down, you’ll never be able to find a situation where you think ‘well, now this God couldn’t handle’. If you can then…we have a more pressing issue to be worrying about. 😉
- Now that we’ve established that God is always in control, it’s time to take up the sword against the ruler of darkness. How dare he come in and try to shake your faith in God? Does He not know that the Prince of Peace has already won the war? Decide who dwells in your head – is it God or Satan? Then kick Satan out! Stop giving him tea and cookies! And while you’re at it, maybe say sorry to God for even letting Satan in for a second. (Thankfully God is merciful and won’t hold it against you!)
- Get up. Get your butt off of your bed/couch/floor. and tackle the problem. Odds are you were anxious because of some impending disaster. So tackle it, don’t just avoid it!
- Finally, remember that this spirit does not come from the Lord. So ask Him to take it away and replace it! And He can, He is willing and waiting.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
I hope you’re able to tackle this worry and be filled with power, love and clarity.