Fears lurk in all corners of our minds and thoughts. As children, the object of our fears seemed more tangible like the boogie man, or spiders, or some hideous creature hiding in the closet that might leap out as soon as mom turned off the light! But as adults, our worries became larger and more difficult to pinpoint or grasp. Its hard to fix something you can’t necessarily “touch.”
If we’re racked with anxiety or guilt or temptation, how do we combat these fears, worries, and stresses? Turning on a nightlight may work to scare away a “ghost” on a windy, howling, rainy night but how do we rid ourselves of an anxious heart?
Talking with friends or family can definitely help. Some will seek professional counseling, which might be a smart path to take. But ultimately we ourselves must work through the dilemma we face.
So what do we do when things are crashing down? How do we stop feeling hopeless and out of control? There’s only One answer and He is Jesus Christ.
Staying focused on Him in essence allows you to give your problems to Him. When your mind is on Him, through the reading of Scripture and praying to Him, you’re admitting that you can’t go this alone. You’re saying to Him, “Lord I am unable to deal with this. I know that I am not strong enough on my own to handle these fears.”
Let God be in control of your life so you can rest. “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for Thou alone, O Lord, dost make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8) Turn it all over to Him.
He knows your anxious thoughts. “When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Thou didst know my path” (Psalm 142:3).
So what does this mean? It means that we as human beings were not made to handle life without Him. We have to put our trust in His Word that He knows what’s right for us in every situation. If we think we can do it on our own, that’s when things most assuredly start to fall apart.
Begin today by giving yourself to Him through prayer. Jesus told His disciples “that at all times they ought to pray and not lose heart,”(Luke 18:1).
We will delve deeper into this topic as well as tackle the specific fears in upcoming posts. But in the meantime, dust off that Bible!
Thanks for reading and God Bless!