“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him, do not fret” (Psalm 37:7).
Anxiety is often our first reaction when conflict or problems arise. Some people have the misguided idea that the outcome will be positively affected by the amount of time they actually worry about something. Conversely, it is when we have peace, not fear and anxiety, that we have our best problem-solving solutions.
Nor is peace gained by manipulating circumstances—you know, rearranging things a bit so they fit nicely into our “perfect” plan and timetable. This kind of self-reliance is unbiblical because anything outside God’s will may bring momentary calmness, but lasting peace will continue to be transient.
Anxiety focuses on the problem instead of God. It occurs when we live in a constant state of uneasiness and agitation; when we feel hurried into making unwise decisions, when we are focused on our desires, not His will. In essence, it is when we envision the future without Him that we’re likely suppressing anxious feelings.
David Jeremiah says:
Anxiety is like rust. It coats and corrodes the mind, weakening the entire structure. Worry dissolves our peace just as rust eats away the strength of a bridge–weakening the metal that was formerly strong.
To protect our peace, we must learn to thwart anxiety before it begins. And how do we “rustproof” our heart? He continues:
You simply add a “t” and turn rust to trust. The writer of Psalm 37 said: “Trust in the LORD…Delight yourself also in the LORD… Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him… Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret… trust in Him” (v. 3, 4, 5, 7, 40).
A tranquil heart trusts the Lord, no matter what comes our way. Jesus cautioned that in this world we will have tribulation, but He has overcome the world (John 16:33). We can have His peace in spite of our trials. When a storm of trouble rages, we can have a sense of serenity when we invite Jesus into our boat. He will give us comfort, courage, wisdom, and guidance . . . and peace.
“He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, O people” (Psalm 62:7-8).
The raging storms may round us beat,
A shelter in the time of storm;
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A shelter in the time of storm. –Vernon J. Charlesworth