All our fret and worry is caused by…

calculating without God.

This quote about fret and worry contains timeless and relevant truth. It seems like with each passing day and news headline there is more to fret and worry about than ever before.

This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.

But we’re not the first. People struggled with fret and worry during Biblical times.

Jesus Himself said: Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34 NIV)

When we fret and worry, we are calculating without God and leaving Him out of the equation.

We may be concerned about all the “what if’s” and forget that God is in control and that He promises to be with us.

We may be tempted to play out the worst case scenario in our minds for each worry. So, what can we do?

As Christians we have access to God through Jesus Christ. We are free to come into the very presence of God.

Hebrews 4:16 says: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (NIV)

We can present our requests to God with thanksgiving and receive His peace that passes all understanding.

Philippians 4:6-7 says:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

Do you fret and worry? Would you like to have God’s peace?

Begin by bringing God into the equation. First, thank Him for many blessings. Let your thankfulness overwhelm your fretting.

Then, calculate with God. How? Remember that “With God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) Next, remember that what others mean for evil, God means for good (Genesis 50:20). Then remember that only one thing is truly important: pleasing Jesus (Galatians 1:10).

Calculating with God begins by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and Lord of your life–click here to learn how to do so.

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