Sometimes we can fix what we worry about and sometimes we can’t–either way, seeking God is our best solution. For example, if I’m worried because I’m not ready for a trial, my worry is alleviated by preparing–right? And, preparation guided by God is even better! When I’m both diligent and prayerful, anxiety is replaced by confidence. However, when I’m lazy and far from God–I’m worried. On the other hand, when I’m anxious about circumstances out of my control—well, that’s when I must discipline myself to immediately turn the problem completely over to God.

Situations like cancer, natural disasters, other people’s mistreatment towards me, are out of my control and thus, to avoid worry, I must discipline myself to immediately turn them over to God! The Psalmist said: “But I call to God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice. He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.” (Psalms‬ ‭55:16-18‬) http://bible.com/59/psa.55.16-18.esv. How much anxiety must I experience over what I can’t control before I learn to turn to God? When I seek Him, He teaches me when to try and when to trust–or–when to do both!

When trouble awakens me in the wee hours of the morning, God reminds me to distinguish between what I can fix and what I can’t fix. Sometimes, I need guidance to know the difference. If it’s something I can fix–I get to work. If it’s something I can’t fix–I turn it over to Him. What comfort and common sense there is in knowing God. His Word says: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalms‬ ‭55:22‬) When seeking God is our first reaction to worry–we live on the rock–far from the quicksand of worry!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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