God doesn’t want you to be stressed out! Just as we look at our family and friends and want to take away their worries and troubles, God looks at us with compassion. He is God. He wants to reassure us that He can, and does, have everything covered. Here are 9 reasons why you don’t need to strive and have everything figured out.
1. The Holy Spirit is praying for us. If you are weary and don’t know how to pray, God has you covered! Romans 8:26-27 reassures us, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
It is infinitely comforting to understand that, even when we are confused and insecure about our choices and our futures, He knows what’s best for us.
2. God blesses us when we choose to trust Him (instead of stressing). Jeremiahs 17:7-8 tells us;
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
The enemy wants to keep us caught up in the “what if’s,” both past and future.
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains--
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip--
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you--
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
he sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—“
God never sleeps, and He watches you, day and night. The promise of this verse dispels all fear; The Lord will keep you from all harm--
4. Jesus catches us when we trust Him but still stumble. Faith can only increase when God gives us opportunities to exercise it. Peter was literally being tossed to-and-fro by the wind as he obeyed Jesus's call and tried to approach Him by walking on water. Here is the story of Peter trying to walk on water when Jesus was doing so, from Matthew 14:29-33;
“‘Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’ And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’”
If our future was limited to what we understand and know now, in the end it would be much less rich than God intends it to be.
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.’ But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.”
6. God opposes prideful ambition and plans. We must be careful not to compare ourselves to people who seem to, indeed, have it all figured out. Proverbs 26:12 warns, “Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.” God not only looks at a person’s plans. He also looks at his or her heart.
We must be careful not to compare ourselves to people who seem to, indeed, have it all figured out.
In fact, God never leaves the whole process up to us. We should be grateful that He doesn’t, because His ways are always the best. Proverbs 16:9 explains that, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”
I John 2:16 further explains, “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” When we oppose self-righteousness, which is a form of pride, God lifts us up. James 4:10 confirms, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
When we feel lost and afraid, the best thing is to focus on the shepherd and to follow his directives.
8. God knows us a lot better than we know ourselves. Ultimately, our direction will come only from the One who knows us best. Psalm 135:1-5 reminds us that He is intimately concerned about us;
“You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.”
9. God loves you and cares for you; He wants the best for you! Stress, worry and anxiety rear their ugly heads when we begin to doubt God’s love and concern for us. I John 4:18 explains, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” Confess that you have let fear overtake you, and God will forgive you and hold you close to Him.
Stress, worry and anxiety rear their ugly heads when we begin to doubt God’s love and concern for us.
Number 6:24-26 is a beautiful blessing that will follow you into the wonderful future that God has already secured for you; “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”