Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and tried to go back to sleep but you can’t? As if on cue, your mind starts to kick in and remind you of all the things that aren’t going so well in your life. You shut your eyes really tight and try to fall back to sleep.
Then it comes in like wave upon wave crashing on the shore. Strong emotions of turmoil, anxiety, panic, heartache, guilt, regret, doubt, discouragement and worry. It settles in over your heart like thick, heavy clouds. You can’t shake it. You feel like you are being smothered with the cares of your life. You think of all the things that you don’t have answers to. Any hope of getting any sleep whatsoever, has now fully disappeared.
You look at the clock and you discover that you have been lying there awake for hours. Once again, you will have a sleep deprived night with no sense of relief. When the morning finally comes, you have been reduced to extreme exhaustion and are completely overwhelmed. All hopes of being emotionally and mentally stable have vanished. You are about to face another day of walking into the unknown.
No one here on earth fully knows what a day will bring. More and more I am discovering that when I think I have it all figured out, something unexpected comes up. Life is not all mapped out. The roads that I thought were meant to only go straight ahead have sudden twists and turns. Circumstances can change so quickly that you can lose your balance. They give no guarantee of stability. They constantly prove they are not reliable. But even in midst of unstable circumstances, there is one guarantee to which I hold.
His name is Jesus. The Bible says, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever…for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you[assuredly not]!” So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid… (Hebrews 13)
We can take comfort in knowing that Jesus never changes. No matter what the circumstances, He will never leave us.
Hebrews 4:16 says, Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
It’s easy to get caught up in worry, fear, anxiety and all the things that unsettle you. But I want to share something with you that I have been learning. Matthew 6:27 says, Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
Worrying and being anxious will not change a thing. The definition of worry is to give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
The definition of the word anxious is to be worried and tense because of possible misfortune, danger
Do you know that being anxious actually means that you are believing that something bad could happen in your life? I like to call it the what if syndrome. What if it turns out worse than I thought? What if I lose my job? What if they reject me? What if my loved one dies? What if I never fulfill my destiny? What if I lose this relationship? Being anxious certainly does not make you feel any better.
Proverbs 15:15 says, all the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].
The word foreboding means fearful apprehension; a feeling that something bad will happen. It is expecting or believing that you are going to have a negative outcome in your life. So what can we do to keep our hearts from worry and anxiety?
In Psalms 112 it says, Praise the Lord! For all who fear God and trust in Him are blessed beyond expression. Yes, happy is the man who delights in doing His commands…such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it. He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid but can calmly face his foes.
We must come to the place where we fully believe that God’s word is true.
Numbers 23:19 says, God is not a man; He will not lie. God is not a human being; His decisions will not change. If He says He will do something then He will do it. If He makes a promise, then He will do what He promised. We must be in agreement with His word and declare Mark 4:19 over our lives. We will not let the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. When we give into worry we are choking the word of God, causing the word of God to be unfruitful in our lives.
I would like to end with this one last scripture. Matthew 7:24-27 says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
I want to encourage you to believe what God’s word says. It will not return void in your life when you believe it. You will be like the wise man unshakable, in times where everything around you is being shaken.