How To Not Worry During Uncertain Times

How To Not Worry During Uncertain Times
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We all go through uncertain times in our lives.  Times when it seems life doesn’t make sense or is turned upside down.  To say we are in uncertain times right now as we deal with the Corona Virus would be a gross understatement.  There is uncertainty about food supplies, jobs and health. 

Things are changing day by day and sometimes hour by hour.  When things are so tumultuous, most folks start to worry and to be honest, that’s normal.  After all, we are human.  When we can’t work because our job closed down, we wonder how we’re going to pay the bills, feed our families, and keep a roof over our heads.  We think about how we can take care of our elderly parents when we aren’t supposed to go see them or if they are in a nursing home, we wonder if they are being exposed to this deadly virus.  When we go to the grocery store, (one of the few places we are still allowed to go), is the person who just coughed as we walked by contagious.  Did they just expose us to the virus and will we take it home to our family.   And the list goes on. 

So, what can we do during these uncertain times?  Or any time when life throws us a curve ball? The Bible gives us many, many scriptures that can encourage us during uncertain times.  We’ll look at just a few.

PROVERBS 3:5-6

New Living Translation

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.

This is my favorite scripture.  It is the first one I memorized and has helped me through more difficult times than I can tell you.  I have been through more uncertain times than one person should have to go through.  Some caused by my own bad choices and some, where life just blew up around me.  But through them all, this scripture gave me peace that passes all understanding. 

You see, we first have to understand, we will NOT understand everything that happens to us or around us in our lifetime.  BUT, if we will trust God and believe that he is in control and that he knows what’s best for us, we don’t need to understand everything.  We’ll know he has our best interest at heart and he will take care of us. 

All we need to do is seek his will in everything and yes, that can be hard sometimes, but if we will just do that, we are assured he will show us what we need to do and when we need to do it.

PHILLIPIANS 4:6-7

New Living Translation

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

This scripture is pretty straightforward.  It gives us direct guidance about what we should and shouldn’t do.  Don’t worry, pray and be thankful.  You may say, “That sounds too simple.”  The truth is, it is simple.  May not be easy, but it is simple.  So how do we do it? 

Here’s what I do.  When I start to worry, I turn my worries in to prayers.  Like I said earlier, we will all worry at times.  The key is how long do you allow the worry to occupy your mind?  The thing to remember is WORRY WILL NOT CHANGE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES!  Now, it can change other things, like your health. 

Worry causes stress, which can lead to high blood pressure, obesity because you are stress eating, stomach problems and the list goes one.  It can affect your sleep by keeping you up at night just thinking about the problem. 

Worry can change your attitude.  We are so focused on our circumstances, we don’t think about how are words or actions are affecting those around us.   Worrying can do all these things but it CAN’T change your circumstance. 

I want to make sure you understand one thing.  It’s okay to be concerned.  But you have to understand that worry and concern are two entirely different things.  Worry paralyzes you, while concern motivates you.  

In this scripture it says we are not to worry, but to pray.  Prayer is a verb, it’s something we do.  Depending on what you are going through, you may not be able to physically fix the problem, but you can pray to the One who is in control and who CAN do something about it. 

You first have to acknowledge who’s in control….GOD!  So if he’s in control why wouldn’t you want to talk to him?  You also have to trust that he knows what he’s doing.  Do I think God caused this pandemic?  No, not necessarily but in Romans 8:28 God promises that ALL things work together for the good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose.  See, if we trust him, we KNOW it’ll all work out in the end. 

Lastly, this verse says to thank him for all he’s done.  Shift your focus to how he’s always taken care of you in the past.  Even if you are a new Christian, you can look back and see where he’s guided you or provided for you even when you before you came to know Christ as Savior.

PSALMS 23:4

New Living Translation

Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.

This is a very familiar chapter to many.  David talks about how God is with us even during our darkest valleys.  We all have times in our lives that are dark and scary but, if we are saved and have God on our side, we don’t need to fear.  As this scripture says, he walks close beside us, he comforts us and protects us.  We have that assurance that he’s going to take care of us no matter what. 

ISAIAH 41:10 & 13

New Living Translation

10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

13 For I hold you by your right hand—
    I, the Lord your God.
And I say to you,
    ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.

Here are a couple other scriptures that tell us not to be afraid.  Can you see a pattern?  Don’t be afraid, don’t worry,  I will take care of you.  We just have to believe it!  I promise you…if you will focus on the truths of these words…and God’s Word IS true…you will have peace during difficult times. 

It’s all about your focus.  Where is iyour focus?  Is it on what “could” happen or is it on the truth.  When I start to worry, I meditate on these verses and visualize God walking beside me like a loving father walks beside his little girl.  He’s holding my hand and gently telling me “Don’t be afraid.  I’m right here.  See, I’ve got your hand and I’m not going to let you fall.”  That always calms my fear and soothes my soul.

ROMANS 8:38-39

New Living Translation

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I want you to really take these words to heart.  If you are saved and know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, this is God’s promise to you.  Nothing, NOTHING can separate you from him.  Think of the absolute worst thing that could happen and not even that can separate you from him.  If you aren’t saved, you can be by accepting Jesus as Savior and then you can have this promise too.  Not sure?  Check out my post Do You Really Know Jesus

Here’s the thing, throughout the Bible, God gives us instruction on how to not worry or be afraid.  He promises that he will be with us.  He shows us ways to have peace AND joy even during our most difficult times.  Go to the Bible, meditate on his Word.  Let it soothe your soul and give you hope.

I want to leave you with some other scripture that you can go to when you are struggling with life.  I like to write them down on index cards and keep them with me to memorize.  That way I can bring them to mind in a moment to ease any worries that may pop up….and they will! 

I hope this has encouraged you in some way.  I would love to hear from you.  You can leave a comment below or email me.  You can also subscribe so that you can be alerted of new posts.   Be blessed my friends and stay safe.

Blessings,

Becky

2 Comments

  1. Joseph Myles

    Thanks Becky
    I think that your distinction between worry and meditation is very helpful, at least it is for me. Worry causes me to think of what I can possibly do about the circumstances. Meditation means that I am allowing God to do what God alone can do.
    Joseph Myles

    • Rebecca

      Thank you Joseph. I think it’s so important to know the difference. Sounds like you have a good handle on distinguishing worry from concern and when to let God do His thing! I will be praying for you.

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