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Overcoming Worry Devotional Series, Part 1

Worry can either bring us to the Father in heaven, or it can drive us away from Him. The challenge is how we choose to deal with it. Author David Egner offers a biblical and practical perspective on how we can put our worries to work for us, rather than allow them to consume us. He spells out how we can actively trust God with the unknown and experience the beauty of His peace.

1. Let Worry Turn Your Attention to God

When we worry, we are actually acknowledging the truth that we are not adequate to meet the demands of life in our own strength. 

This is our moment to remind ourselves of some important truths about God. He is everywhere. There is no place, no matter how alone we may feel, that God cannot be. He is everywhere!  Psalm 139:7–12 says:

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

    I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

    if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

    if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

    and your strength will support me.

11 I could ask the darkness to hide me

    and the light around me to become night—

12     but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.

To you the night shines as bright as day.

    Darkness and light are the same to you. 

He knows everything. He knows how afraid we are, how bad we feel, and what scares us. The more worried we become, the more we act as if God were ignorant of our situation. We don’t know the future, but God does; and He knows our needs.  Psalm 33:13­–14 says:

13 From heaven the Lord looks down

    and sees all mankind;

14 from his dwelling place he watches

    all who live on earth—

 He is all-powerful. 

Worriers feel that no one has the power to stop bad things from happening—not even God. But God has limitless power and His own wise reasons for what He permits.  Matthew 19:26 says:

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”


Find this devotional and more at Our Daily Bread.


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