I’ve been challenged recently that worry and trust don’t mix—they simply can’t exist together. I can’t trust God and be anxious at the same time.
Paul writes to the Christians at Philippi, “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.*”
Praying about something, then leaving it with God implies trust in Him—the One Who cannot lie and has promised to meet all our needs. While worry is usurping God’s role in my life—in effect telling Him, ‘Thanks, but I really don’t believe You can or want to take care of me or of this situation.’ When I do this, I’m playing God.
Over the years, I’ve wasted a lot of time and energy worrying, and it hasn’t accomplished anything good. Worry steals our peace and joy. It’s cooperating with the devil, helping him torment us.
When we’ve prayed about a problem and given it to God, we need to believe He loves us, wants the best for us and is in control of everything—all of which is promised in the Bible. And be alert to stop any emotions of fear or anxiety from creeping in to override our trust in God’s Word.