Book: Proverbs 12
“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”
Have you ever been working on a computer that has so much running in the background that it’s unable to keep up with the program you are using? Sometimes the computer screen freezes because it can’t keep up with what it’s being asked to do. Time is wasted as you wait for it to catch up or unfreeze. Often the solution to this is to turn off the programs you do not need to have running and clean up the computer.
Worrying slows us down from doing the things we were made to do. Because our thought energy is being used up thinking about all the things that could go wrong we lack the energy to think through positive solutions to the problem. As well, it is often difficult to appropriately process new information that we receive as our internal computer is already bogged down.
Jesus gives us the solution, an encouraging word, to those who will receive it, in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Paul gives a similar challenge to those who are worrying in 1 Peter 5:7, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
How does one give their worries over to the Lord? Philippians 4:6-7 gives some direction, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” The first step is to pray about the concern and ask Him to walk you through it. Secondly, thank Him that He will be at your side and that He will be your strength. Thirdly receive God’s peace for you knowing that He is on your side.
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”