WORRY – WEEK SIX
Peace in a Pressured World Devotional Guide

What do you worry about?  The safety of your children? Employment? Finances? Health? Life and Death? Relationships? The state of the US? Terrorism?  Crime? What will happen after the next election? What other people think about you? 

The truth is, most people experience brief periods of worry in their lives without incident, in fact, a mild amount of worrying may have positive effects if it prompts people to take precautions (e.g., fastening their seat belt, going to the doctor , buying insurance or avoiding risky behaviors). But there is a vast difference between healthy concern and worry (the state of being anxious, fearful and troubled over actual or potential problems or situations) that consumes us. One author describes worry as being like a rocking chair. It is in motion, but it never gets you anywhere. Excessive worry can cause restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and sleep disturbance. Thus, the use of idioms such as “worried sick” or “worried out of my mind” to describe extreme feelings of anxiousness are commonly used.

“Mom, if I leave now, I am saying that prayer does not work and God does not have the power to help me.”

The last time I felt this type of worry was when my daughter was a junior in college. She lived on campus and was bullied by three young ladies over a period of six months. As the situation escalated, I allowed my maternal feelings to >escalate. I was unable to sleep and had difficulty concentrating at work. During this time I found myself depending on human efforts to resolve the problem instead of depending on and trusting in the power of God. I wanted my daughter to move out of the dormitory and come home. 

Remarkably, it was my daughter who reminded me of what I had taught her about the power of God. I will never forget her words to me and her youth Pastor. She said, Mom, if I leave now, I am saying that prayer does not work and God does not have the power to help me. She, too, was afraid and concerned that all this might impact her grades, but she trusted God more. She remained on campus. Two of the young ladies were expelled. The other – a freshman who was following the leader trying to fit in – asked my daughter to forgive her. This situation demonstrated two important keys to overcoming worry: trusting in the Lord and prayer. This does not mean that we will never have to use human effort to resolve problems, but rather a reminder that God is Sovereign and He cares about His children in all situations.  The things that are impossible with people are possible with God. (Luke 18:27)   [Talulah Ruger, Director of Median Adults & Women’s Spiritual Mentoring]

 

REMEMBER

As you read a verse or a passage, ask and answer the following four questions.

  1. What does the passage say about God?
  2. What does the passage say about Man?
  3. Are there any examples to follow?
  4. Are there any commands to obey or a sin to avoid?

After each day’s Scripture reading you’ll notice a section that begins with “I Will….” That’s included to help you with Question 4 as you consider your personal steps of obedience based on what you’ve read and learned. Then pray your commitment back to God.

Day 1- Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own

I will…

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Day 2- Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

I will…

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Day 3-   Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I will…
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Day 4- Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I will…

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Day 5- John 14:27 (NIV)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

I will…

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