Why should I worry?

God’s Peace for a Worried World

Worry and anxiety can weave persistent threads, coloring our experiences with shades of uncertainty. It’s a universal struggle, touching the lives of many, including those deeply rooted in faith. Rhett Walker sat down with Family Life Radio and shared about confronting our worries with faith.

Rhett shared a personal revelation about his battle with worry, especially pronounced in the challenging year of 2020. He confessed, “I got to a point where I was, I was worried about the stage; I was worried about speaking, and I was like, ‘Well, this is how we pay our bills, so I better figure this out really quick.’”

His vulnerability peaked when he spoke on stage, a departure from his comfort zone of being behind a guitar. This realization – that his guitar acted as a “safety net” revealed a moment of self-discovery and the universal search for stability in our lives.

Amidst these trials, Rhett found peace, specifically through prayer and surrendering control to God. He says, “It’s me stopping and just praying and going, ‘God, because I’ve learned that it’s me doing this, God.’ I’ve put this on me; I’m trying to control this. And I can’t.”

Rhett Walker

In these moments of surrender, Rhett described experiencing a palpable sense of relief, as if a weight was being lifted from his shoulders.

1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (NIV).

Rhett also touched on the balance between faith and seeking professional help. “I believe in doctors and what they can prescribe.” Seeking professional help is not a sign of weak faith but an acknowledgment of the complex nature of human struggles. “Sometimes you need to see the doctors; you need help with this. And God has blessed people with those brains,” Rhett says.

So, how can you apply Rhett’s insights to your own journey?

  • Identify your “safety nets” – those things you cling to for security.
  • Consider how you can find peace in prayer and surrender.
  • Realize it’s okay to feel overwhelmed; what matters is turning those feelings over to God.

Rhett Walker

Rhett pointed out, “When I give it up, that’s when I start to feel this heaviness start to lift off.”

In moments of worry, consider the words of Philippians 4:6-7, “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). This verse offers a spiritual prescription for dealing with anxiety, emphasizing the power of prayer and the peace that comes from entrusting our concerns to God.

There is comfort in surrender. As you navigate your own challenges, lean into your faith, embrace the support around you, and know that peace is within reach, even in the midst of worry.

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