Do you ever have moments when all of a sudden you feel the world crashing in? Moments when the things, people or situations you have been working so hard to keep together begin to unravel before your eyes. These moments can cause us guilt, frustration, anger, saddness and anxiety.
We often respond with a breakdown—whether it’s losing our cool with our family, sulking in what we could have done differently, trying harder to not lose control again or doing more in attempt to regain control.
These responses NEVER yield the results we desperately want. Responding in insecurity, frustration, fear or in more ‘doing’ only leaves us feeling more anxious.
So what can we do when we feel out of control?
Here are five things we can do when we feel anxious. These powerful responses are found in Psalms 37
1. Don’t worry
Did you totally roll your eyes? I know, I know easier said than done, right? Sort of. Worrying is a bad habit you and I need to unlearn and we need to unlearn it quickly.
Worry doesn’t yield any good thing! It doesn’t change our situation, but only robs us of our peace.
When we start thinking thoughts that aren’t true or when we begin to ask the, “what if” kind of questions we need to tell ourselves to STOP!
2. TRUST in the Lord
The root of our worry and anxiety is a lack of trust. When we worry, we are telling ourselves that somehow we know better than God. When we worry we are placing our faith in the wrong things. Rather than placing our faith in the unknowns, let us trust God and place our faith in Him.
3. Take DELIGHT in the Lord
This means that our hearts find peace and true fulfillment in Him.
When we do, it says that He will give us the desires of our hearts.
Did you read that closely?
Our answers and the resolution to our biggest fears and things that are causing us so much worry are on the other side of you and I choosing to find peace and fulfillment in God alone.
No, this isn’t a genie in a bottle moment or some sort of magic trick. We say, “Lord I delight in you!” And then BOOM, our answer arrives at our doorstep quicker than Amazon Prime.
It means that when we delight in Him, we begin to desire what He desires for us. As this takes place, our hearts begin to align with His. And, when they do, He begins to give us what we now desire—His will!
4. Commit EVERYTHING to Him
This is a day to day, moment to moment commitment that we must practice over and over again. When you begin to feel overwhelmed, pause and remind yourself that this thing you are trying to control isn’t yours to keep or to guard. Rather, it’s another thing to give to Him.
5. Be Still
Our first reaction when we feel anxious is to do more. But God isn’t asking you to do more. He’s simply asking you to trust Him.
We can only get this confidence and reassurance to do less when we choose to get still.
It’s in the moment that we STOP and pause that we realize in our stillness, God is still moving.
This entire passage of scripture is filled with amazing promises, take a moment and read it to yourself.
And, as you lead your homes, your churches, your businesses and your communities, remember these five things!
God isn’t asking you to hold it all together, He’s simply asking you to trust Him. He is sovereign, He is able, He can and He will!