A friend recently remarked, “I’m starting my morning wondering what new loss or bad news the day will bring.” 2020 has punched many people in the gut. Has a long battle or diet of bad news caused you to fret? Whether your enemy is physical, emotional, or spiritual, I have good news. You have help!
Scripture reminds us God is our strength and deliverer. No enemy can defeat Him. He doesn’t expect us to rescue ourselves from trouble. He will save us. But—we have a role to play. If you aren’t experiencing victory over your worries, consider—are you doing your part?
Notice what we are to do and what we are not to do:
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Don’t worry …
Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you” (Ps. 37:1, 3-5 NLT).
Resting Is Better than Fretting
Would you rather soak in a fragrant bubble bath while listening to soft music or pace the floor with knotted fists? Worry tenses our muscles and seizes control of our minds and reactions. In contrast delighting in the Lord soothes our frazzled nerves. Tight muscles relax in hope.
Many things can cause us to fret. The Psalm above dealt with evil doers. Your nemesis may be regret over your past, a chronic illness, a rebellious child, or a financial challenge. But the principles apply to any problem. Practicing these constructive activities quiets worry by infusing faith.
How Do We Delight in the Lord?
To delight in the Lord means to enjoy Him. Instead of chewing on a problem, we bask in the pleasure of His company and character. During a dark time in Israel’s history, Jeremiah found hope by directing his focus on to the character of God (Lam. 3:21-26). The circumstances didn’t change with this exercise, but Jeremiah changed.
Have you ever held a flailing child? Soothing words and caresses don’t help when they’re rejected. Neither child nor would-be comforter enjoys the experience.
Now picture an injured child peacefully resting in her mother’s arms. A special bond forms between the comforter and the comforted. The sting of the injury may linger, but sweet closeness blankets both parties with contentment.
Jesus knows our tendency to worry. He invites us to quiet ourselves in His love instead of fretting whenever we suffer injustice or trouble. He enables us to do this, but we must cooperate with Him.
To receive comfort, we must open our hands and let go of our frustrations, fears, tears, and injustices. We must trust Him to right the wrongs and bring good out of the bad.
Stewing will not bring comfort, justice, or relief. Ongoing agitation leads only to bad health and lousy decisions. The next time you want to rant or fret, run to your heavenly Father instead. He wants to comfort you. Will you let Him?
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