Truth Tuesday – Need A Cure for Worry?

by Kathy

Trust God

For the next couple weeks on this blog, I thought we would look at a favorite passage of mine.  It is one that I often run to when I hit a hard bump in the road and my response is to start worrying.  I hope that for the next few weeks your heart will find great hope in our study passage.

Psalm 37:1-7

Do not fret because of those who are evil
    or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
    like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

As I read these verses, one thing always stands out to me.  How many times, God commands us not to fret.  Three times!  His reiteration reminds me how much He knows and understands our hearts and our thinking process and how easy it is for us to run to fretting.

The word “fret” means to worry, to be anxious, or to allow something or someone to gnaw at your heart or spirit.  It has the idea of having your mind or heart get all heated up as you allow yourself to focus on your circumstances.  One problem with worry and fretting is that it can’t change the circumstances we are experiencing and almost always causes us to think of even more things to worry about.  Another problem with worry is that is can make us emotionally and physically ill.  But an even greater concern is this – fretting and worry is disobedience to God’s command to “Do not fret”. (See also:  Philippians 4:6; John 14:1; Joshua 1:9 and Luke 12:22-24)

Here’s the thing, we don’t have to spend one moment worrying!  God tells us He has the perfect cure! We stop fretting when we trust Him.  To do this, we must place our confidence [belief] in the reliability, strength, truth and ability of the Lord.  When we turn our concerns over to the Lord, surrendering them ALL to Him, there is no need to fret because of WHO we are confident in…Yaweh…the I Am…the Self Existent One…the God that never changes…the One whose promises never fail because He is completely and perfectly faithful to work all things for our good!

Placing my confidence in Almighty God is where I want to live today, what about you?

Wishing you a week full of grace as you trust the Lord ~

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