by Linda Veath
As I write this devotion, the radio and television news is recapping details of a second mass shooting in the United States in the last 24 hours. Over 30 killed in the two shootings as well as many wounded. What is the world coming to? Another worry added to our list.
Worry has become closer to us. It shows up in our lives; weighs us down, and causes us to miss what God is doing around us. We focus on fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and worry rather than on the good the Lord brings us.
God created us in His image. He delights over His children with joy and thanksgiving. And while there are still bad things happening in the world, we can rest in our Lord and be thankful He loves us — in spite of our worry.
But what can we do with our worry?
We put it right back in God’s hands. We can be comforted knowing nothing comes into our lives apart from God’s knowledge. Nothing happens beyond the control of God. He carries our burdens. He sustains us. And He never forsakes us.
“Nothing happens beyond the control of God. He carries our burdens. He sustains us. And He never forsakes us.”
We also learn that staying firmly in God’s Word is one of the best things we can do. That’s why God gives us His Holy Word. And that’s why I’m sharing some of my favorite “worry” Scriptures below.
Matthew 6:27 — Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Philippians 4:6— Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Matthew 11:28 — Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.
John 14:27 — Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you … Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.
Joshua 1:9— Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
So, what do we do with worry? Exchange it for thankfulness and watch what God can do. He is everywhere, knows everything, and is all-powerful. Always! Thank you, Jesus.