Has anxiety and worry ever kept you up at night? I think most people can answer yes to that question. I know I have spent many sleepless nights worrying about things that never came to pass. That’s the thing with anxiety and worry, the things we worry about never seem to manifest and we have spent countless hours in torment for nothing.
I was reading God’s word today and I found a passage in Romans 3:19 that talks about the Israelites not being able to enter God’s rest because of unbelief and an unwillingness to trust in God. Isn’t that what we are guilty of? We say we trust in God and yet our anxieties and worries overtake us. If we trust in God and in His word, then we should be able to place our worries at His feet and enter His rest. Exodus 33:14 says “The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest””. Can we not believe in this promise? Well of course we can, but, resting while in the midst of a worrisome situation can be difficult, even if the situation is not reality.
I tend to create worry and anxiety. I imagine all types of bad scenarios that can occur from a situation I am in and none of them are pertinent to my actual reality. My mind goes back and forth in the realm of “what if…”. Have you been there? I ask, “what if this happens or that happens?” and it would all be terrible. I used to tell everyone “Don’t worry until you are given a reason to worry” and I lived that until I started suffering with the symptoms of my illness and then worry ran amok. I had no control over what I was thinking. I began to search Scripture on God’s quiet rest. This was something I needed and wanted desperately. I began to take these out of control worries and tell God about them. I would talk to Him all day about things that were racing through my head and all the worry that I was carrying around and He led me to Philippians 4:8 which says
“Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worth of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things”(Amp).
This verse changed the way I thought about my life. I no longer had to be worried and anxious. I merely had to change the things I thought about. Instead of negative thoughts, I would think on those things in Philippians and that changed my entire outlook. I am now a very positive person who enters into the quiet rest of God every day. Sure, there are still situations that can produce worry and anxiety, but I know how to lay them at the feet of Jesus and carry on in peace. I learned how to trust God in all situations and I know that He has everything under control and my worrying does not change the outcome. God already has it handled. So, the next time you are tempted to worry about a situation you have no control over, remember these verses and trust that you can enter God’s quiet rest and watch your worry melt away.