God’s Answer To Worry

By Dr. Harold J. Sala

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. Philippians 4:6, Living Bible

The persistent refusal to do something about an issue that troubles you is what gives birth to chronic worry.   Worry, however, is a choice, a bad decision which can be overcome.  Interested in breaking the worry habit?  Then follow these practical guidelines which will help you turn worry into trust.

Guideline #1:  Acknowledge that worry has become a problem.  If such an organization as Worriers Anonymous should ever be established, those who attend would have to introduce themselves by saying something like, “My name is John Doe, and I’m a worrier!”  Admitting that worry has become chronic is the first step towards a long-term solution to the problem.

You may think, “I can handle my problems.  Sure, I do a little bit of worrying–everybody does–but I don’t need any help.”  Though a lot of people cannot handle their problems–they are the ones who beat a path to the doors of psychiatrists and counselors–perhaps you are one of those rugged individualists who can handle them.  But, on the other hand, ask yourself how wise is it for you to carry the burden of worry when God says there is a solution by entrusting that concern to Him.  The first step is to acknowledge that, “He himself bore our sins [including what worries you] on the tree…” (I Peter 2:24).

Guideline #2:  Ask God in faith to deal with your problem. Remember Paul’s advice?  “Don’t worry about anything; pray about everything!”  Today, we seem to do the reverse.  We worry about almost everything and pray about practically nothing.  God’s psychiatry begins with trust, so specifically ask Him to deal with the problem that kept you turning and tossing last night.  Ask Him to undertake for you and remove that nagging thought about what could happen if….

Guideline #3:  Act in obedience to the Word of God in this matter.  What does the Bible say about our worries?  It says they are to be cast upon a Savior who cares.  Peter wrote, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (I Peter 5:7).  What beautiful words for a world filled with cut-throat competition, a world which is seemingly so cold and friendless.  Psalm 55:22 has similar words of advice, “Cast your cares on the LORD, and he will sustain you.”

“I refuse to worry about this; I’m going to turn it over to the Lord and let Him deal with it.”

Guidelines #4:  Commit to Him what He alone can do.  To put God’s psychiatry into action requires something fundamental and very difficult.  It requires commitment, whereby you come to the place where you say, “I REFUSE TO WORRY ABOUT THIS; I’M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO THE LORD AND LET HIM DEAL WITH IT.”  So very many of the issues that keep us awake nights, tossing and turning, are things which only God can do; but our nature is to “fix” things, and when we can’t–we worry about it.

Guideline #5:  Refuse to worry about your problem again.  Once you have finally committed your worry to the Lord, you’ve got to make the decision that you are going to leave the problem with Him, and not pick up the next morning where you left off the night before.  You must refuse to worry, and you can!  You can say, “Lord, I turn this need over to You–You work it out without my help.  I refuse to stay awake and be concerned about it.”  You can then turn off the light and say, “Good night, Lord.  You take over the night shift.  No sense in both of us staying awake.”  And then, have a good night’s sleep.

Resource reading: Psalm 55.

 

Dr. Harold J. Sala, well known speaker, author and Bible teacher, has served as founder and President of Guidelines International, Inc., since 1963. He is the featured speaker on the daily “Guidelines-A Five Minute Commentary on Living” which is broadcast on over 1000 radio stations around the world and translated in over 15 languages. Author of over 40 books published in various languages and hundreds of publications. Residing in Mission Viejo, California, Harold and his wife, Darlene, have three adult children and eight well-loved grandchildren.

Used with permission from Guidelines Philippines, Inc. To learn more about Guidelines and the ministry, please write to Box 4000, 1280 Makati City, Philippines or e-mail address box4000@guidelines.org. You may also visit the Guidelines website at www.guidelines.org.

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