10 Promises of Peace

When we worry, our minds get an unnecessary workout. We run through all the possible outcomes of our situation. We jump to conclusions before getting all the facts. We weigh ourselves down with all the “what-ifs”. Truly, worrying is an exercise in futility. Worry leads to fear and stress instead of faith and rest. 

As Jesus talked about worry, He redirected our focus to God. Our worries do not change the character of God. Ultimately, grasping God’s character changes how we handle our worries. Perhaps the most poignant phrase Jesus said to those who worry is “your heavenly Father knows” (Matthew 6:32).

Worry steals your peace and joy, but the Lord gives peace and joy abundantly. He knows knows what’s going on in your life. David, in Psalm 34:4-5 wrote, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed.” The following are ten truths that can help you find freedom and joy from worry. 

  1. God wants you to remember that He is good and gracious and has compassion for you (Psalm 145:8-9).
  2. God wants you to remember that He can meet your needs (Philippians 4:19).
  3. God does not want you to live in a state of worry (Matthew 6:34).
  4. God is with you when you’re worried and afraid (Isaiah 41:10).
  5. God wants you to look to Him when you’re filled with worry (Psalm 94:19).
  6. God wants you to look to His Word when you worry (Psalm 119:143).
  7. God wants you to trust Him when you’re worried — to have faith and not fear (Psalm 56:3).
  8. God wants you to give Him your worries because He cares (1 Peter 5:7).
  9. God wants you to encourage others when they worry (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
  10. God wants you to tell Him your worries and thank Him for all He’s done for you (Philippians 4:6-7).

How do you let go of worry? First, identify what worries you — every issue, every situation. Second, go to God in all humility and surrender the situation and yourself to the Lord. Although you may feel completely powerless, you have the ability to let go of worry and trust God, always aware that you’re doing His will. Psalm 55:22 exhorts, “Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Kyle Campbell

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