Do you find yourself worrying a lot? Do you have anxious thoughts?
The Bible has a lot to say about anxiety and worry. Some have said that the Bible commands us not to worry or fear over 365 times. I don’t know if that is true as I have never personally counted, but what I do know is that fear is one of the most talked about subjects in the Bible.
In our ultra-busy, multi-task society, it is so common to be overcome with fear and anxiety. We worry about our health, our children, our finances, and our futures. There is always something vying for our time, our attention, and our finances! How do we live in this postmodern age without being overcome with worry and fear?
Over and over the Bible tells us to not to fear. It instructs us to lay our burdens down and allow the Lord to carry them. It outlines the way to peace by casting our cares on God and praying about everything. All of this sounds so simple, but how do we really do that? I believe we can take some simple steps that will lead us to a life of less stress, less fear and less anxiety.
First, read your Bible! What better way to know peace, then to read the love letter written by the Prince of Peace. If you don’t have a Bible, download the YouVersion Bible app to your smart phone or tablet. This ingenious little app holds more than 60 English versions (or translations) of the Bible, is available in 1,306 different languages, and will even read the Bible to you. It has a search feature that allows you to find scriptures related to anxiety, fear or any other topic. It allows you to highlight, share, and compare different translations. Not having a Bible, or the time to read it, is no longer an excuse. Simply download the app, search for scriptures on peace, and allow your Bible to read to you on your way to work, school, or junior’s soccer game.
Second, spend time each day praying! In Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT), the Bible says “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” While I know it sounds simplistic, why not give it a try? Do the steps that are laid out: (1) don’t worry, (2) pray about everything, and (3) thank him for all he has done. Be specific when you pray so you can see when God answers the prayer. Pray that your son or daughter has a successful day; pray that your husband or wife gets that promotion; pray you get a good parking spot when you go to Walmart. After all, the verse says to pray about everything. Take God for his Word. The next part of the verse says, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” What could be better than God himself coming in and providing peace to your heart? We need to pray!
Finally, change what you are listening to and what you are watching! We can’t expect to listen to the gloom and doom of the news for 3 hours, then watch the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and feel good about our lives. Sometimes we just need to detox our minds and fill it with positive and encouraging material. Philippians 4:8 (NLT) says, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
I believe if we do these three things, we will begin to live a life of less fear, less anxiety, and less worry. Do it today and let God bring the peace that exceeds anything you can understand.