I’m a worrier, are you a worrier too? I worry about things that I have no control over, but I guess if we worried about the things we did have control over, we’d change those things, right? Today I want to talk to you about worry and what the bible says about it. We are commanded not to worry, but to seek the Kingdom of God first. It’s not a suggestion, it’s an actual commandment! Let’s take a look at how we can conquer worry in our lives by seeking God first.
I had a hysterectomy in September and was very worried about pain management because I have fibromyalgia. With fibromyalgia, trauma to the body is much worse than if I was a normal person. Not a lot of doctors believe fibromyalgia is real, so patients like me don’t always trust doctors. Well, this doctor promised me pain management, but didn’t follow through. The last month has been a wild ride for me, but let me tell you how much God has worked in my life since then…
Pain And Worry Don’t Mix
During my pre-op appointment, I explained to the doctor my concerns. I was dealing with a great deal of anxiety over the surgery, which typically isn’t how I react, but I didn’t feel like this doctor was taking me seriously. The worry consumed me, and I let go of all the things that weren’t biblically true because of my own desire for control. Surgery day came, and on day two after surgery, the pain medication started giving me an allergic reaction. I was told to stop taking the pills altogether and was not given a different kind of medication. Not only was I in significant pain, but I was afraid it would get worse. Fear consumed me at that point, but then God stepped in and taught me how to seek Him first…
Do you ever look back on your younger self and think, “Sheesh! What was I thinking?” I do it all the time and I’m amazed at how much I’ve grown over the years. Not only mentally, but spiritually as well. This is thanks to God and not thanks to me because I could have never done this on my own. God was watching over me this past month. He knew what was going to happen even before I did, and He’s given me the strength to get through this season of life.
“Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek (Matthew 6:31).” We are commanded not to worry, friend. When we worry, we discount what God can do in our lives if we just give Him the reigns and seek Him first. He told me not to worry, but I did it anyway. It wasn’t until about week two post-op that I realized what I was doing and decided at that point, to give God control. It was the best decision ever!
“But seek first the kingdom of God…(Matthew 6:33)” Do you know what the kingdom of God is? It’s heaven, it’s salvation, it’s Him. When we worry, we take our sights off of the One who can heal us and make things better. Once I stopped worrying and started to focus on God, I felt the peace that surpasses all understanding. You know what I’m referring to, right? “…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).”
If we let God take the place of worry in our lives, we can have peace. Did I still have pain in my body at week two? Yes, very much. But it didn’t control my thoughts anymore because God was on the throne. There are no words to explain how God made the pain tolerable and how He worked to teach me more about Him and His Kingdom. God is the ultimate Healer and there is no job too big for Him.
Let Go Of The Worry
With everything going on across the globe (the war in Israel and the awful things that are happening in the United States), we really need to band together and teach people about Jesus Christ. In order to do this, we need to let go of the worry we hold in our hearts to make room for Him on the throne. We can do this by seeking His kingdom first, and we do this with the love and Spirit of God that He used to create us in His image.
Didn’t you know that perfect love casts out fear? “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment (1 John 4:18).” When He sits on the throne of our hearts, His words will become our words and His thoughts will become our thoughts. People will see Him in us and desire the confidence we have in Jesus Christ.
Don’t let worry overtake you, friend. Don’t be tormented by worry and anxiety over the things that you cannot control yourself. “Perfect love casts out fear.” Agape love is perfect and it’s how we ought to love God and others. 1 Corinthians 13 tells us about this love. It is strong enough to cast away the fear that Satan puts in our hearts. Let love take the place of worry in you and you will find peace and confidence because the strength and power of God lives in you. Seek first the Kingdom of God and you will be blessed, friend. I’m praying for you today.
For more on seeking God first, please read my post about finding your first love here.
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