Why do I worry so much? How can I worry less? - Worry - TouchPoints

Why do I worry so much? How can I worry less?

Psalm 55:4-5My heart pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.

Worry and fear are normal responses to threatening situations, but often we imagine far worse scenarios than ever happen. Most of your worries never come true.

Psalm 62:6He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.

Remembering that God’s love and care for you are as solid as a rock can help keep your worries in perspective. He has everything under control.

Matthew 6:27“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”

Instead of adding more time or better quality of life, worry robs your health and kills your joy.

Philippians 4:6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.

Talk to God openly about your worries. Hand them off to him as if to a consultant you totally trust or to a supervisor you have the utmost confidence in.

Exodus 14:13But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today.”

Combat worry and anxiety by remembering and trusting what God, in his Word, has already promised to do for you.

Philippians 4:8-9Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Colossians 3:2Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

Fix your thoughts on the power of God, not the problems of life. Worry will always change you for the worse; God has the power to change you and your circumstances for the better. Turn your attention away from negative, unbelieving thoughts to the positive, constructive thoughts of faith and hope.

1 Samuel 17:32-37“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

When your own problems and obstacles consume you, you give in to fear—that you will fail, that you will let others down, and that God will not help you when you most need him. Fear will tempt you to focus on the size of the problem rather than on the size of your God. When you focus on God instead, you will see him fighting by your side.

John 14:1-4“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”

If you had ten million dollars in the bank, you wouldn’t worry about providing for your family if you lost your job. In the same way, you know that God has provided for your future by preparing a perfect place for you in heaven. Let that assurance keep you from panicking in today’s storms. The outcome is certain.