Two words come to mind when I talk to people who are stressed or suffer from anxiety – give and fix. These two words are key words from 1 Peter 5:7 and 2 Corinthians 4:18.
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
Notice the bolded words? In the first verse it says to give all of our worries to God. Not some, ALL. My philosophy is that if a problem is stressful enough to worry about, it is big enough to give it to God in prayer.
Once we have given our worry or cares to God, we have to focus or fix our gaze on heaven. As the verse says, the things we see now will soon be gone. While our lives in heaven are eternal.
From my experience – worry, stress and anxiety – require me to refocus my thoughts to God and His Kingdom. When I focus too much on this life and it cares, my mind becomes distracted and fear rises up.
So today, let us purpose in our hearts to give our worries to God and fix our hearts and minds on His eternal Kingdom.