Day 7: Do Not Be Anxious (Genesis 18-19; Matthew 6)

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not the life more than food and the body more than clothing?” -Matthew 6: 25

For a year, I dealt with major anxiety. I had a big decision to make and did not know what God wanted me to do. I prayed, cried (and cried some more), and churned all the possibilities in my head. The more I grappled with making a decision, the more anxious I became until it was all I could think about.

What if I chose wrong?

What if my decision wasn’t what God wanted?

What if I wrecked the rest of my life?

Once, God walked with Adam in the cool of the day. He was in constant communion with His Creator. After the Fall, that changed and we’ve battled our sinful nature of being independent. This independence has caused us to rely more on our finite understanding. Jesus tells us that worrying about our situations will not solve them. Instead, we’ll live lives that are small and selfish.

Do not worry about tomorrow

Whether you’re dealing with “what you’re going to wear” or “what you’re going to eat,” basic life necessities or having to make a major life decision – give your anxieties over to God. We can’t handle the burden of them by ourselves and we need to believe that He is truly going to provide for all our needs.

How do you combat anxiety? Seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness first (Mat. 6:33).

What does that look like in real life? Make God your priority by reading His Word, magnifying who God is, surrendering your cares to Him, and living a set apart life.

When we live with our eyes focused on our problems instead of focusing on God, we exist in a constant state of worrying. Jesus never said that we’d stop having troubles once we became His, but He did say that He won’t leave us; instead the Lord gives us His peace to manage and overcome whatever comes our way.

What is the root of your anxiety? How does the words Jesus tells to His disciples make you re-evaluate stress is your own life? 

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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8 thoughts on “Day 7: Do Not Be Anxious (Genesis 18-19; Matthew 6)

  1. I know the root of all my anxiety comes from worrying over the future. It’s me selfishly hoping everything goes as I want it to. I need to fully give over that to God and trust and know that His best for me is better than I could ever imagine.

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    1. You’re not the only one on this. I know. I am worried about my future but more about my children’s. I am afraid that I might not get them ready enough for what the future holds. I don’t want to see my children fail because of my faults. And this is the reason that makes me afraid of having more kids just because I am afraid and worried about the future. But there really is no one else as powerful as God to help us out with this. We really just need to except the fact that God is here to help. But its not always that simple.

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  2. Today’s devotional was much needed. I’ve been stressing and worrying like crazy because I’m unemployed and I’ve been looking for a new job for two months + it seems hard to find one and just recently I found out that one of my student loans went into default so I’m unable to return to college this fall, so not only am I unemployed but I’m also sitting in debt. I’ve been really discouraged so I’m glad I read today’s devotion. The root of my anxiety comes from worrying too much about the future and not praying as often as I should. I know God wants us to come to Him and ask Him for the things we need because He will give it to us if we believe so. Jesus’s words we’re like a wake up call to me. Matthew 6:34 really spoke to me and it made me realize that worrying does nothing but multiply and adds more trouble. His words made me realize that I need to take things one day at a time. Jesus’s words gives me the assurance that it’s okay to live worry-free because God will never let us down because He knows our every need.

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    1. Hey Tanisha let me know where you are located maybe I can help you get a job. I work with a mortgage company and we are always looking for people to hire. If not there are numerous of agency’s who could help you find a job. Good luck on that.

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    2. Amen, Tanisha! I pray that God will open up those doors for you. Please know that He is already working behind the scenes and although you can’t see it now, doesn’t mean it’s not happening! One thing that we’re told that we can pray for and God will give without hesitation is wisdom (James 1:5). Keep believing…keep trusting!

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  3. Last year, I tended to get anxious mainly over my future, over certain events in my life and worrying about money and my studies at the university. Someone I know once told me to get rid of anxiety is to bring all of your decisions to God in prayer. This lady even prays to the Lord about what curtains she should buy at the store and even asks him what she should eat for the day!! We also need to trust in the Lord in everything. Sometimes things happen that don’t make sense, but if we lean on the Lord for strength, trust him for his promises and pray to him, once the trial passes, we will understand later on why the Lord wanted us to go through this trial!!

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  4. Like everyone before me, I think the root of my anxiety is from worrying about the future and not fully trusting God with His plan. I know that I need to work on bringing every decision to God through prayer, but sometimes it’s just really difficult to do so because it’s easy to get caught up in the process of decision making to the point where you just don’t think of bringing the decision to God.

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    1. Thanks for your honesty, Jennifer! The Scriptures are full of people taking their issues to God and it points back to relationship. When we involve the Lord, we’re giving Him full reign in our lives and submitting our life’s desires to His. Joshua 1:7-9 is the focus on 2016 for me. God clearly tells Joshua in those Scriptures when we meditate on His Word, we will prosper and have success. When we know what His heart is…what His will is…we don’t have to worry whether we’ll make the wrong decision because if He’s guiding us in our decision, we’ll have the success we need. But it takes time for us to relinquish our control and give it to Him.

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