As humans, I believe it’s easy to fall into the perpetual cycle of worry. I surely did. I allowed it to become everything I thought about - well, worried about. I clung to fear because it gave me comfort in being able to control what was in my capacity. I wanted to control my life, and in essence be “god” of my own life. Worry and fear became an idol in my life, and I began to like my affliction, to use it as a crutch. It affected my relationship with God, and it kept me from seeing God work in my life and from placing my focus on Him. I refused to step out in faith, to truly trust God.
God calls us to be more than that, for He “has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7).” God doesn’t want us to cling onto that fear and worry in our lives, but to cling onto Him. He is the sustainer of our life, and His faithfulness in our lives does not depend on us.
Worry and fear are like a nasty poison that can take over our lives if we allow it to consume us. God reminds us that He is with us, and that we can approach Him because He is our Father:“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? (Matt. 6:25).” He will never leave us or forsake us, as promised in His Word (Deuteronomy 31:6). Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, knows all of our needs even before we come to Him (Philippians 4:19).
During times of turmoil, God reminds us in His word that our faith must not waiver, but that we must pursue Him above all things. In the following passages, I have found peace, allowing me to redirect my focus on Him.
In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. –Proverbs 3:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4: 6-9
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. –Matthew 6:24