Worry is torment

It is only human to worry. It is understandable, and for many people, it is automatic. I am not writing this post to condemn anyone. I have a long history of worrying and pessimism, and I am still learning how to go to God with the things I would have worried about before.

I do worry far less than I used to, and it is obviously an act of God. I’m not wired to assume the best outcome, and I’ve looked at worry as a way to take action against what I fear. But worry has torn me down, and it hasn’t changed a thing.

In Matthew Chapter 6, verse 27, Jesus says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Another translation says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single cubit to his height?” [NIV Bible]

This Scripture exposes the truth that worrying has no power. Closely related to worrying is the notion that if you prepare (and expect) the worst, you won’t be as disappointed/devastated/taken by surprise if what you fear happens.

Worry is a form of torment. Worry is draining, and it stimulates fear. Worry strips us of strength. And when we do have to face what we fear, we aren’t better equipped to handle it because we worried about it beforehand.

Bring what you’re afraid of to God. To pray is to talk to God. No eloquent words or memorized prayers are necessary. God wants to hear from the real you, in your words.

In 1st Peter, Chapter 5, verse 7, it says: Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. [NIV Bible]

As soon as you feel fear about anything, pray right then and there. God already knows what is happening. He is always your closest comrade. Go to Him immediately, tell Him what you are feeling and ask Him to take over. God is faithful, and He will give you peace while your situation unfolds.

This is something that requires practice. Worrying is a hard habit to break, but it’s doable with God. Any time you find yourself worrying, pray right away, ask God to put you into His peace.

Hear these words of God spoken to you: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  [Isaiah Chapter 41, verse 10 NIV Bible]

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