I’m not sure what the most famous scripture in the bible is regarding worry and anxiety, but I’d be willing to bet (if you can do that with scripture) that most people have read or heard this one at some point in their lives…
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
Or maybe I’m familiar with that scripture because I NEED that scripture. I need it every day! I find myself needing it a whole lot right now. Maybe it is the season of life I am in. This one seems to find me defaulting to worry and anxiety a lot more than I would like to admit. I think unfamiliar territory and change in general has always been one of those places for me. It has always been one of those things that can knock me around. It points to a place inside of me that I’d like to pretend doesn’t exist, but it sure seems to rear its ugly head when I can’t see the future and the least little blip on the screen looks less that what I want today or the future to look like. It sure likes to come knocking when I find myself dealing with situations that I have absolutely no control over.
It points to places of unbelief in the goodness of God…bottom line. It points to a lack of trust in Him to do all he has promised in his word He will do. It points to a bigger faith in the power of darkness than the power of light. OUCH!!!
The other day a couple of dear friends spoke a word of life and light into my life…”You are more than a conqueror act like it.” They said other things too. They reminded me that God’s work and words are not contingent on ANYTHING. They reminded me that I am a daughter of the MOST HIGH, NOT an orphan. You know, little kids who are confident in the love and protection of their parents don’t worry. Have you ever noticed that?
I’ve been spending some time in the Psalms. They have always been my go to place in times of despair and worry and…uh…fretting. I recently heard someone refer to them as a reflection of a mans journey with God. I decided to read them with that in mind. I asked a friend what she thought of that assessment and some other observations I was making about them and she provided an even deeper observation I needed. She pointed out that David knew how to command his soul to line up with Kingdom reality. (That wasn’t her exact words, but it’s how my heart translated it) Anyone who knows anything about David’s life knows he wasn’t successful in commanding his soul to line up 100% of the time. But apparently perfection isn’t the point since he was referred to as a man after God’s own heart by God himself.
22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ – Acts 13:22
So, as I’m reading yesterday I come across a verse about fretting…
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. – Psalm 37:8 NIV
Of course I had to look it up in a couple of other versions and was amused by this translation…
Bridle your anger, trash your wrath,
cool your pipes—it only makes things worse. – Psalm 37:8 The Message
So, today, I will cool my pipes. I will place my faith back where it is supposed to be. I will fix my eyes back on Him and his purpose and His provision and His promises. I will live the life of a secure daughter of the King of Kings…no matter what is going on around me that I can’t control.