“In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.” (Psalm 94:19, NKJV)

Fear, worry, anxiety. What a gloomy trio. We live in an unsettled world, and it’s easy to fall prey to these negative thoughts. After all, there are so many things in life that we can worry about—so many “what ifs” to fill our minds and torment us.

What if . . .

  • the economy crashes?  
  • I lose my job?
  • my health fails or I’m in a terrible accident?
  • my child gets involved with the wrong crowd?
  • my old car breaks down?
  • I don’t have enough money to pay my bills?

Finances, relationships, health issues, major life changes can all bring on worry, anxiety, and fear. Our imagination runs wild as our list of what ifs grows longer and longer. Have you ever been there? As you may have discovered, these thoughts clamor loudest in the middle of the night as we toss and turn, unable to sleep. There’s something about the darkness of early morning hours that magnifies every worry.

The Bible has much to say about the fears, anxieties, and worries that try to consume us. In fact, as we delve into God’s Word, we discover it provides the perfect antidote to this troublesome trio. It shows us how to replace those fears, anxieties, and worries with love, peace, and hope.

Here are some things to help us silence those fearful what ifs.

  • Fear does not come from God.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (II Timothy 1:7, NKJV)

“You drew near on the day I called on You, And said, “Do not fear!” (Lamentations 3:57, NKJV)

  • Our love for God will banish fear.

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (I John 4:18, NKJV)

So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper, I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6, NKJV)

  • God takes our burdens upon Himself.

“Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22, NKJV)

  • God gives us peace when we seek Him.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV)

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.” (II Thessalonians 3:16, NKJV)

  • God is the source of our hope.

“Blessed is the man who trust in the LORD, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8, NKJV)

Perhaps you are facing some difficult circumstance right now and aren’t sure which way to turn. Will you allow these problems to steal your peace and joy? Or are you willing to turn every situation, every worry, every fearful thought and anxiety over to the Lord?

The verses quoted above are just a few of the many promises we find in the Word of God. Read them over and over. Claim them as your own. When you do, God will fill you with His love, peace, and hope.

Lord, I pray against the worries and fears that try to fill my mind and draw me into despair. Fear does not come from You. Worry and anxiety do not come from You. When I learn to trust You completely, I will enjoy Your promises of love, peace, and hope

In the Comments area below, share a special verse that has blessed you and helped you overcome fear and worry.

 

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Mary enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and spending time with old friends. Although directionally challenged, she would rather take the back roads with their discoveries than the boredom of the interstate.

6 Comments

  1. Lana Adkins Reply

    “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26‬:‭3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    I love your writings! They are soul searching and uplifting. Have you ever wrote a book? I

  2. Tina Suarez Reply

    Phillipians 4:6-7 I am trying to live by this Sis. Loudermilk. I’ve so often let fear, anxiety, consume me. I want to stop, and TRUST my Jesus completely in every area of my life. I don’t want the “what if’s” in my mund, heart, or spirit! PLS say a prayer for me, as I am making a MAJOR change/decision in my life at this time. Ty! God bless you Sister Loudermilk. This devotion helped me! 🙏❤️😊Pray for my daughter, and Grands!

  3. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty

  4. Isaiah 41:10. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee : yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

  5. Cheryl Williams Reply

    Exodus 14: 13And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

    Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

    This is what I have to work on, getting my my mind to be still.

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