Just give it to God. How often have we said that to ourselves or had someone say it to us? When we’re stressed, things are piling up, or we don’t know what to do in a situation, we know the answer is to give it to God. So many of us are quick to pray; our problem is we tend to take it back after we pray. We want God to handle things, but we still want to manage them ourselves in our own way. Worry is taking it back; asking multiple people what you should do can be a way of taking it back.
1 Peter 5:6-8 ESV “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
God has perfect timing. He knows how many tests we can handle, knows when to transition us from one season to the next, and how each test will prepare us for what’s next in our lives.
James 1:2-4 ESV “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Tests and trials are part of our growth and preparation to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. Giving it to God isn’t a cliche; it’s faith in God. Confidence, knowing that all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose1. It doesn’t say everything is good but that everything works out for good. So cast all of your anxiety upon the Lord and be sober-minded.
To be sober-minded means to think clearly and be self-controlled2. The enemy wants our minds filled with worry, anxiety, fear, and frustration because that hinders our ability to think clearly and be self-controlled.
Philippians 4:8 ESV “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Whatever you’re facing, give it to God, and don’t take it back through worry, fear, or anxiety. The problem will be there whether you worry about it or not; give it to God and continue with your day. Think about good things, and whenever the issue tries to consume your thinking, cast down the thoughts3 and thank God for handling the problem or ask God for wisdom.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”Matthew 6:25-33 ESV
- Romans 8:28
- Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Thomas Nelson Publishers) NT pg 583.
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-5