“Lean on God’s Promises”
Terri and I were asked how we handle worry. Worry is a form of fear. First question for us was do we ever worry, and the second question was should we worry? The bible teaches us not to worry and Jesus talked about fear and worry a lot. To answer the first question, of course we worry; we raised two boys; had a grandchild that faced an illness; parents that faced life-ending illnesses; I have faced serious illness in the past; both of us have faced challenges in our careers; so, you bet we have had opportunities to worry in our life. For Terri and me, worry has been a temporary phase that we have worked through, and it is not ingrained in our personalities.
We have learned to work through our fears and worries by leaning on God. Prayer is the first step we use, by giving our fears to God in prayer. Praying to God shows our dependence on God and that we put our trust in Him. We also look for scriptures that help with our specific need. Psalm 91 is loaded with God’s promises of Him watching over us and I call upon it often. Some of my favorite scriptures that help me deal with fear and worry when they come creeping around.
Psalm 27:1: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalm 118:6: “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Proverbs 29:25: “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”
Psalm 37:8: “Fret not—it only causes harm.”
Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
The next time you are fighting fear and worry, try praying to God and then lean on some of these verses to help you fight fear and worry.