Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
How do I sustain my joyful spirit during these periods of crushing anxiety and storms of uncertainty? The answer is found in the book that lies in front of me on my desk. Yeap....the Bible. Speaking His promises will change my anxious thoughts and serve as a refuge in the hours of doubt and fear. Will He remove the circumstances that are creating my anxiety? Maybe and maybe not. Will He nourish me and be with me in the midst of it? Absolutely and unequivocally YES!!
In her study entitled: No Other Gods by Kelly Minter, she provides several Bible verses from both the Old and New testaments wherein God provides us with His words as it relates to many different fears. Here is the list that she has provided:
Psalm 56:3 Isaiah 44:8 John 14:27
Psalm 56:4 Isaiah 51:12 Acts 18:9
Psalm 91:5 Jeremiah 1:8 1 Peter 3:14
Psalm 112:7 Jeremiah 39:17 1 John 4:18
Psalm 118:6 Matthew 17:7
Thank you for providing Your promises for me to cling to in times of unsettled thoughts. You created us and knew we would need that. You truly thought of everything! There must be someone else reading this right now who needs to feel You are with them. Please give them the sense of Your loving hand on their shoulder and Your gentle whisper in their ear as You tell them how deep Your love is for them! Amen
Joshua 1:9(ESV)~"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."