Whenever we need hope and comfort, we can depend on the promises that God gives us in his Word. God cares deeply about each, and every one of us, and his deepest nature is revealed through these promises. God’s promises to us reveal his relation to us.
Our human nature often causes us to imagine worst-case scenarios when we are in the midst of a problem, a challenge, a setback, or when we are afraid.
Often, we feel alone and anxious because we forget a loving Father holds us safely within the palms of his hands. Fear and doubt can overwhelm us and cause us to question God’s faithfulness. When this happens, consider the following to help you get re-centered and keep the proper perspective:
Trust that God can do more than you can ask, think, or imagine. God loves us and he is always faithful in keeping his promises. Fill your mind with them by reading and re-reading them.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
Focus on the size of our God, not on the size of the problem. It’s easy to get so focused on the problem that it consumes our thoughts and conversations. Instead, pray about it and focus on God’s power to deal with it.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Reclaim your joy and peace by focusing on God. God deserves your worship and recognition of who he is and what he has already done for you. God’s power and strength should be at the forefront of your mind rather than the overwhelming nature of the problem.
I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let you foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber. – Psalm 12:1-3 NIV
Pray, give God thanks, and leave it up to him to take care of it. Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV) tells us, Do not be anxious about anything, 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 in Christ Jesus.