These days are filled with far too much stress.
I look to the right and people are worried about their jobs, their school work, getting perfect grades and their finances. I look to the left and people are worried about their relationship status, the way they are viewed, and their body figure; how they appear on the outside. I look behind me and people are fretting about their past, regretting their previous mistakes. I look forward and people are worried about their future, who will they marry, will they get married, where should they work, should they buy a house, have more children?
I am convinced and know without a doubt that every single second of your life you can think of something to worry about. Every second. It baffles my mind to think about the daily thoughts and fears that come into our minds. Some may be more serious, such as health problems and financial difficulties, or maybe some less important, such as the way your hair looks or the kind of shoes you wear. But this is not how we ought to live our lives.
God says 365 times in the bible “do not be afraid, do not fear.” Then in some places such as in the book of Joshua (v. 1:9), it goes on to say “do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” The LORD will be with us, HE IS with us. He is our comforter, our healer, our provider. Sometimes when we are in the midst of trials and struggles I think we often forget that. We forget that He is with us and promised to provide all of our needs, we ought to just be still and know that He is God, He is in control, and that His promises do not come back void. He is faithful to do what He says.
I love this verse from Psalms 139, it is the perfect reminder that God is with us in every single situation. He knows us better then we know ourselves…
“You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue,
You, LORD, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from Your spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.”
Psalms 139: 1-10
When trouble comes our way, we have to remember God is with us. We cannot depart from His presence even if we tried. We cannot run from Him. He is there, everywhere we go. He is in the midst of everything we go about doing. How comforting to know that He is always with us no matter what. We need to remember that He knows what is on our hearts, “Search me God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offense in me, and LEAD ME in the way everlasting.” Psalms 139:23-24
He will lead you.
He will guide you.
He will provide for you.
It amazes me to think that we have absolutely nothing to worry about being in the hands of our Father and LORD Jesus Christ. Listen to Psalms 23, one of the most famous verses of them all;
“even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear NO evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Think about the things that you tend to worry about, those things that add stress into your life, now, know that God is in those situations. Even when you are running late for work, spilled your coffee on your new outfit, only have 2 dollars for food to eat; whatever it may be, just let the Lord know what is on your mind. Let your request be known to Him for He cares for you, even the smallest little details of your life. Remember, your hair on your head is even numbered and He knows each one, so talk about King of SMALL details!!
Lately God has been showing the importance of staying focused on Him and worrying about NOTHING. How good it feels when the King of Peace touches you. I think it is wise for us to check ourselves daily to see if we are kept in His peace. If something is bothering us or creating stress in our lives, that means we need to evaluate what we are worrying about and WHY. Why are we worrying?
God’s word is so great for it tells us step by step how to live our lives. I am going to conclude with some more verses that I think are absolutely perfect in guiding us on how to stay in God’s peace.
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in PERFECT peace whose mind is stayed on You (JESUS!)”
Psalms 119:165 “Great Peace have those who love your law, and NOTHING can make them stumble.”
“Be anxious for nothing.
Everything by prayer,
supplication (action of asking),
Let your request be known to God,
and the PEACE of God,
which surpasses al understanding,
will GUIDE your heart,
IN CHRIST JESUS.”