What causes you to fret? Better yet, how do you stop fretting?
Our insurance agency emailed me with information on how to post claims for Hurricane Florence. Not. a. good. sign.
I opened my browser to see the latest storm update. It looks like Florence has targeted our fair city.
We’re tempted to fret when pain or loss threatens us. The Bible tells us not to fret—because fretting itself causes harm.
Don’t fret and worry—it only leads to harm” (Ps. 37:8 NLT).
Our hurricane alert has reminded many of us of the devastation Hurricane Fran caused on her trip through Raleigh. Preparing for a hurricane is ripe with opportunities to fret—or not to fret.
I pulled in for gas and saw most of the pumps sporting hand-scrawled signs saying they were empty. The pump that still worked had only one of three grades left. I’d just returned from a long road trip and was driving on fumes. As my car drew closer, I began to relax—until I watched the car in front of me.
The driver opened her trunk and began to pull out large generator containers for gas while she waited for her car to fill up. The more containers she filled, the more fervently I prayed. After filling her fourth container she closed her trunk and gave me an apologetic smile.
I hoped that didn’t mean she’d emptied the pump.
“Please, Lord, let there be gas enough to fill my tank.”
Thank the Lord, there was!
From the empty shelves in the grocery stores to long lines at the gas pumps and the general concern of not knowing what will happen, this is a good time to practice the remedy for fretting.
Psalm 37 tells us what to do instead of worrying.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it” (Ps. 37:4-5 NASB).
To delight means: (1) to be pampered, (2) to be happy about, take exquisite delight, and (3) to make merry over. In other words we are to:
Pamper ourselves in the Lord.
Take exquisite delight in the Lord.
Make merry over the Lord.
When we take the focus off of our problems and frustrations and choose to rest in God’s goodness then we cease fretting and experience peace.
Try it this week. Whenever you feel angst rising inside, submerge your thoughts in God’s goodness. Luxuriate in His love. And let me know what happens.
And please join me in praying for those in Hurricane Florence’s path.Instead of fretting over hurricanes or anything else, let's delight ourselves in the Lord. #peace, #security Click To Tweet
Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for `anag (Strong’s 6026)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2011. 1 Sep 2011. <http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?
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