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manrelaxingoutsideDo you ever wake up or go to bed feeling anxious? Do you ever catch yourself worrying—maybe even terrified over circumstances that hang over you like a thundering sky? Years ago, in my early walk with God, I went through seasons of life where I felt anxious from things I allowed myself to worry about.

Maybe you know that the Bible tells us that worrying accomplishes absolutely nothing positive! Luke 12:25-26 says, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! And if worry can't do little things like that, what's the use of worrying over bigger things?”

The truth is, worrying only steals from us. It steals sleep. It distracts us from God’s voice and His promises. It clouds clear thinking, and often leads to irrational impulses. It can make us irritable and bring out the worst of our character—especially around those we love. It can cause stress that manifests itself as sickness. It can even lead to discouragement, depression, or worse. It leads some to isolate themselves from others, which results in a lack of interaction with other Christians who would otherwise be a source of godly encouragement. God wants you around others Christians so they can be led by Him to remind you of His love and care. Bottom line: worrying is the pits and produces nothing good!

Have you also noticed that you usually worry about something that you are afraid of losing and trying to hold on to?That could be people, a job, or many other things.

Do you remember the story in Exodus, when the Lord led the Israelites out from the most horrific circumstances under Pharaoh’s repression? They were crying out to God, and that is why He raised up Moses and sent him to help them! The Lord took them out of this captivity, miraculously leading them by fire and a cloud. He split the Red Sea. He destroyed Pharaoh’s army. He rained down supernatural angel food—manna—from Heaven. He caused water to flow from a rock. Their clothes and footwear supernaturally lasted without wearing out the entire forty years they were in the desert! God continuously provided for them. They had little, so they had little to protect. Their worries were strictly from their imagination because God was taking care of them.

Generations later, it happened again. They only existed as a nation and people because of God, and now they had forgotten God. They worried and tried anything and everything to fix their own problems. They became their own god and drifted from the one who loved them so dearly to begin with.

Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord rebuked the children of Israel for letting worry steal their relationship with Him. Through Jeremiah the Lord said, “This is what the Lord says: "What sin did your ancestors find in me that led them to stray so far? They worshiped foolish idols, only to become foolish themselves. They did not ask, 'Where is the Lord who brought us safely out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness—a land of deserts and pits, of drought and death, where no one lives or even travels?' "And when I brought you into a fruitful land to enjoy its bounty and goodness, you defiled my land and corrupted the inheritance I had promised you. The priests did not ask, 'Where is the Lord?' The judges ignored me, the rulers turned against me, and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal, wasting their time on nonsense.” (Jer. 2:5-8) 

In the early days of my Christian walk, I let worry have place in my life. My mind was often over-active and I struggled to have good sleep. I would read and reread these scriptures from Jeremiah, letting them correct me and comfort me. They revealed that God wanted us to lean on Him and not ourselves. I would get on my knees, begin to worship the Lord, and pray.


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