Trusting God when you’re freaking out
What to do when the future seems really scary.
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
Right now, my heart wants to be troubled. My heart wants to be afraid. There are so many unknowns about the future.
Jesus gives us the peace and assurance that He’s always with us. We can choose to cling to that peace or let our hearts get crushed with worry.
Jesus was getting ready to ascend to heaven when He spoke about this peace. His disciples didn’t want Him to leave them on earth.
But He didn’t leave them. He gave them His Holy Spirit. They weren’t alone.
And neither are we.
Instead of automatically worrying when a scary event draws near, we need to train ourselves to turn to Christ.
There are many ways to stop yourself from going into panic mode:
1. Read God’s promises over and over and over. Cement them in your mind. Write them on your mirror, your hand, or your notebook. His peace can calm you if you let it.
2. Always talk to God. You can let go of your worries by telling them to Christ. Pray for His strength and direction.
3. Surround yourself with those who are older and wiser than you. Older Christians have been through a lot more of life’s battles than you have. They know how to fight them and how to help you when you’re tempted to worry.
4. Find some encouraging, worshipful music that reminds you of Who God is. Try Hillsong United, Lauren Daigle, or Moriah Peters.
“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).
Remind yourself of important truths
These are promises from God's Word:
1. God will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
2. You belong to God, and no one can take you away from Him (John 10:28-29).
3. God works all things together for good for those who love him and are called by Him (Romans 8:28).
4. Nothing can separate us from God’s incredible love (Romans 8:38-39).
Don’t forget about them.
Instead of freaking out every time you hear another update, why not read a Psalm, talk to your Saviour, and listen to some worship music for a little while?
And remember God is with you.