You have a test tomorrow, and you have been so busy with other homework that you have barely studied for it. It's late, you're tired, and you just don't feel like there is any possible way you could do good on this test. Now you can't stop worrying and stressing yourself out about that test. Flash forward to the next week when you get your test scores back. You find out you got an A. Now you're thinking: Why did I worry so much about this test in the first place? Could I have done just as well without all the worry and stress?
Full disclaimer: I may be writing this devotional about how to help with worry, but I still find myself worrying about things that I didn't need to worry about in the first place. Despite this occasional worry, I don’t identify as a “worrier”. And I’ll admit it, I used to be a worrier. It's funny to look back on freshmen year going up to my junior year and see how the workload and difficulty has increased, yet my worrying and stress has decreased. The thing that has helped me to lower worry and stress is knowing that God is with me no matter what happens, if I fail or if I succeed.
Too often we find ourselves worrying about little things or things that we can't control. We worry about grades, appearances, popularity, and much more. In reality, one bad test won’t ruin our lives, yet some of us treat every test like it determines our future. Worrying is a habit and it's a tough one to break. To fight worry, you must learn how to trust God. We must know that worrying about things is pointless because we have a God who cares for us and won’t let us down. In Matthew 6:26-27, Jesus teaches us that we should trust him instead of worrying:
“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
If God can feed helpless birds, we should be able to trust that he will take care of us. We must learn to let go of all fears that something bad will happen and just let God do his thing. God wants to take away our burdens and let us live a stress free life.
So instead of being a worrier, I call all of you to be a warrior. A warrior deals with a lot of stress and conflict, but a warrior pushes through all of it without worry. If we let God carry our burdens, then we can boldly fight through all of our challenges. And I will tell you that it is not an easy task to accomplish. It's human nature to worry when things get tough. It may be a long journey to go from worrier to warrior, but it is definitely worth it. When times get tough we can always look to God for strength and guidance.
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:13 NLT
This is a great verse to remember when we are going through difficult times. When we are consumed with worry and anxiety, God can give us strength and let us become warriors.
- ZACH LYONS
HSM Student Leader