Don’t be too anxious!
Are you a nervous person? I mean, does the potential for a conflictive or difficult situation get you uptight? I have to admit that just the though of a pending and stressful event can put me on edge. I have always admired the non-sweaters, people who are cool under pressure, those who can face up to opposition and not blink and eye. That certainly is not be. I am the antithesis of James Bond. In a tense moment I am the guys with the anxious twitch, the nervous stutter, and the sweat-soaked shirt.
Yet, recently God has really been speaking to my heart about trusting Him more in those anxious moments of life. Notice a few verses that God has used to calm my nerves and rest my sweat glands.
Psalm 56:4 – I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 57:1 – Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I loot to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until the danger passes by.
Psalm 94:19 – When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
I Peter 5:7 – Give all of your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.
Aren’t those great verses? You see, I have learned that God intentionally puts me in moments of stress, anxiety, and perspiration so that I might run to Him. He actually wants me to forget my fears, nix my nervousness and pack away my preoccupations. So, as a recovering nail biter, my advice to you is “Don’t sweat it!” Cast all of your problems on God. Realize that you have a Father in heaven that greatly desires for you to trust Him!
Let me encourage you, in the midst of the problems, trials and afflictions, allow the truth of God’s Word to keep you calm, cool and collected.