It has driven you to your knees! Pray.
So we attempt to define just what, where, how did it come from?
Intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Fast heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, and feeling tired may occur.
Ever heard ALL things are made new? We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (1 John 5:19)
Despite the existence of countless political, cultural, and social entities in the world, there are in reality only two realms. It is the comforting privilege of believers, in addition to having eternal life, answered prayer, and victory over sin, to know they belong to God. Though they exist in this world, they are not part of it (John 15:19; 17:14); they are children of God (John 1:12–13), “aliens and strangers” (1 Peter 2:11; cf. 1:1, 17; 1 Chron. 29:15; Ps. 119:19; Heb. 11:13), whose true citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20).
On the other hand, the whole world—its politics, economics, education, entertainment, and, above all, its religion—lies in the power of the evil one. The evil world system is hostile to God and believers (John 15:18–19), as John noted earlier in this epistle. It takes its cue from its ruler, Satan (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; cf. Eph. 2:2; 6:12), the archenemy of God and His people. Because the world is completely under Satan’s influence, believers must avoid being contaminated by it (2:15–17; cf. James 1:27).
There is no middle ground, no third option. Everyone is part of God’s Kingdom, or of Satan’s. In the words of Jesus, “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters” (Luke 11:23). Or as James scathingly declares, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4).
Jesus shared: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on Earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
We through Christ are more than overcomers!
“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then God said, ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I tell you.’” ~ Genesis 22:1-2
Are you being tested? Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters in Christ, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Likewise, God ordains tests for us, not for His sake, but for ours. God ordains tests today just as he did in the Old Testament with the testing of his people, and in the New Testament with the testing of the disciples. https://www.openbible.info/topics/being_tested
And we pray:
Lord, I am so thankful for Your sovereignty — Your authority over all things concerning me, detours and all. You know my coming ins and my going outs. You know my thoughts from afar off. You lead me in the paths I should go.
You do all things well.
These things I know, Lord, but sometimes I need to be reminded of these truths every moment of every day. Sometimes I take my eyes off You, I let my thoughts wander into the netherlands, and despair tries to consume me — confusion, fear and doubt call to me from the darkness and I answer to them, instead of keeping my heart stayed on You.
You are faithful — this I know.
You are trustworthy — this I know.
And You are good — so good.
Had it not been for Your mercies new every morning, I would have been consumed by this detour I never saw coming.
But You are teaching me that Your ways are not my ways, Your thoughts are not my thoughts.
Your perspective is much higher than mine and allows You to see all things.
Your perspective is broad.
Your perspective is eternal.
And because of Your perspective, I can know that You will work all things out together for my good just as You said. I know this because I trust You.
This detour will bring You glory.
This detour will work righteousness into the depths of my being, deepening my faith and finding it more precious than gold. This detour will swallow up my enemies like the Red Sea swallowed up the Egyptians.
And this detour will cause my blind eyes to see You as never before because Your glory and power will be revealed.
Help me remember this when the way is hard — whisper Your declarations of promises over me so that I will not forget You hold me in the palm of Your hand wherever I go.
I Love You, Lord. You are so faithful, well beyond what we deserve.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,