You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4 (NIV)
What is your experience with worry and anxiety? Lord, you know that I have been filled with worry and anxiety throughout my entire life. Yes, I do. Tell me about your worry and anxiety. I have worried and been anxious in a multitude of different situations and circumstances. Some of my worries and anxieties have been based in reality. Theoretically I have had good cause to be anxious and to worry. I have been in worrisome circumstances. Yes, I know. At other times my worries and anxieties were not based in reality. I really had no cause to worry or to be anxious. I worried and was anxious because I imagined the worst that could happen. Would you say that you set your mind on worrisome thoughts of the worst that could happen? Yes, I would. How has doing that helped you? It hasn’t helped me at all. Thinking about the worst-case scenarios is my sure way to be filled with worry and anxiety. Yes, it is.
So, it isn’t the situation that causes you to be anxious and to worry as much as it is what you do with a potentially worrisome situation. I need you to say more. Say again, what do you when you face a worrisome situation? I look at it from every angle. I consider every possibility. I imagine what could happen if things go wrong. I prepare myself as best I can to face every conceivable worst-case scenario. This then fills you up with worry and anxiety. Yes, it does.
Can you see that you are setting your mind on the wrong things? Like what? You tell me. I’m setting my mind on my circumstances and my ability to handle them. That hasn’t worked well at all has it? No, it hasn’t. Do you trust me? Yes Lord, I trust you. When you are filled with worry and anxiety are you trusting me? No, I suppose not. What would you do if you wanted to place your complete trust in me? I want to place my complete trust in you. Then, how will you do it? In trusting you I would keep my heart and mind and eyes focused on you. Instead of looking at potentially worrisome circumstances I will keep my eyes focused on you. I will trust and rely on you for your help. Do you know why you can be confident in trusting me? You are a rock of eternal strength that can be trusted. Yes, I am. You are my rock of eternal strength that I can trust. Yes, I am.
How will you allow yourself to be reminded that I am your rock of eternal strength that you can trust? What will you do so that you do not fall into the temptation to worry and be filled with anxiety? I will keep my heart and mind and eyes focused on you. I will meet with you in your word. I will allow you to speak into my life so that I can receive strength and encouragement from you. I will allow you to replace my worrisome thoughts with all that you have to say to me. That will be very good. Then I will be placing my complete trust in you so that I will be able to receive your perfect peace. Yes, you will.
Lord, you are my eternal rock of strength. You are worthy of my complete trust. I will keep my eyes focused on you as I go though worrisome situations in life. I will allow my heart and mind to hear your word as I keep all my thoughts on you. Amen
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