How Do We Keep From Worrying?

This life gives us much that we could worry about; and if we’re not careful, our minds can easily stroll down that trail of terror.

But the reality is that God calls us to trust Him…continually.

In Jeremiah 17:5-8, he paints us a clear picture of what our lives look like when we put our hope and trust in Him, versus what our lives look like when we put our hope and trust in “man”.

Jeremiah 17:5-8  (NLT)

Wisdom from the Lord

5 This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans,
    who rely on human strength
    and turn their hearts away from the Lord.
6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert,
    with no hope for the future.
They will live in the barren wilderness,
    in an uninhabited salty land.

7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
    and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
    with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
    or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
    and they never stop producing fruit.

I’m guessing that you, like me, want your life to look like the second picture that He paints for us. That even when the hard times come, we continue to thrive because our hope is in the LORD, not in man.  That the outcome of our circumstances is not limited to man’s ability to handle it, but to God who is truly able to handle all things, knowing that he may choose to calm our circumstances, or he may choose to calm us.  Either way, even in the hard times we can continue to be fruitful when we place our hope and trust in God.

So, how do we do that?

Instead of worrying, pray.  Every time a worrisome thought comes into your brain, recognize it, capture it, and instead of worrying, pray.  Practice it over and over and over until it becomes second nature to you.

God has been revealing to me personally that often times we forfeit the abundant life He came to give because we’re not obedient in the “every day” things.  This is one of the everyday things.  We get to choose daily, sometimes multiple times a day, whether we are going to worry, or pray.  He sets before us a choice.

Let’s…Choose obedience.  Choose to pray (not worry).  Choose to trust Him (not man).  Choose the abundant life He died to give us.

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Philippians 4:6 (NLT)


3 comments

  • Mike Ditto

    Mike Ditto On Interstate 65

    In psychology the substitution of one thought or act for another is a recognized therapy widely used. Belief and psychology go hand in hand.

    In psychology the substitution of one thought or act for another is a recognized therapy widely used. Belief and psychology go hand in hand.

  • Melissa Milbourn

    Melissa Milbourn

    Thanks for sharing that, Mike. So interesting...

    Thanks for sharing that, Mike. So interesting...

  • Kendra Wallace

    Kendra Wallace Snyder Illinois

    As I watch my sat morning movie on Daystar...I read your post n it led me here. Same river twice is the movie today :) Lots of trees :) Thanks for reminding me-needed it today. Life certain wears

    As I watch my sat morning movie on Daystar...I read your post n it led me here. Same river twice is the movie today smile Lots of trees smile Thanks for reminding me-needed it today. Life certain wears

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