Sometimes I feel like worrying is my second nature. It has a way of sinking its ugly hooks into us before we even realize what is happening. Too often I have let it consume and control my life!
I worry about everything. Will our grocery budget stretch? Is the zit on my face too big? Will I be on time? Am I doing a good job at work? Am I following God’s plan for my life? From the small to big things, worry weaved its way into every area of my life and it happened right under my nose. There have been times that I could not fall asleep at night because my mind would not stop running with the constant drum beat of worry. Worry also causes so many other problems like anxiety, stress, and insomnia. All of which I have struggled with. I realized one day that the root of these issues for me was worry.
The good news is worry does NOT have to consume our lives. The bible is very clear when it talks about worry. When I first realized how worry was consuming my every day I went to Matthew 6:25-34. Now every time I feel overcome with it I go to this scripture. God has promised that He will provide our every need. All we have to do is seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and He will do the rest.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
Isn’t that SO AWESOME?! God is saying that instead of worrying all we have to do is seek Him and He will provide for us. Sometimes the word seek can be a little scary. What does it mean to seek God? It hit me the first day I read this scripture, it simply means getting to know him. Make reading my Bible and diving deeper into my relationship with Him my first priority. So now instead of scrolling through social media when I first wake up, I seek him first. Let me tell you, my days are SO much better because of it.
So, when you feel worry creeping in, open your bible and read a scripture or two, seek Him. Be encouraged by the fact that God knows what you need and has promised to provide it for you. He will always make a way. It may not be in our timing or in the way we expect but He works all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
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