Keep praying for God to lift your burdens. Be diligent in your prayers and conversations with God. Speak scripture against your worries. Know that even though situations might not always change, or change in the timing that we may want, God is working on our behalf. Leave your troubles at the cross, and remember that ‘We are more than conquerors’. Romans 8:37
The psalms of David, which were penned thousands of years ago, have as much relevance in today’s anti-God, Christ-rejecting sinful world, as they did in the time of David’s trouble.
David had been betrayed by one of his best friends, and his soul was in deep distress. He was restless and complaining, oppressed by wicked men, and distracted by a multitude of threats from his evil enemies. He was overwhelmed by trouble, broken-hearted with grief, anguished in heart, and in deep emotional distress.
Like many believers today, David was fearful of his growing number of enemies, overwhelmed by his many troubles, and sinking into a bottomless slough of despondency. Yet despite his overwhelming difficulties, David was enabled to turn his eyes on the Lord and cast his burdens upon Him. David knew that God would sustain him through every difficulty he faced, for God will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
“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.”
It’s easy to dwell on the negative when life is hard, disappointing, or painful. That’s why it’s so important to follow this verse of instruction; it’s here to help us through the tough times and appreciate the great moments.
When Satan wants to get to you, he’ll often start with lies and condemnation whispered into your mind until you (maybe not even realizing Satan was doing so) start to believe them and then react with despair, sadness, anger, or any other thing that seeks to separate you from the love of God.
But with this verse, Paul gave a way to combat Satan’s efforts. We are to feed our minds with blessings from God and the good things we can find in our lives or situations. We are to think about what is true rather than the lies Satan would have us believe. We are to dwell on what is noble and right so our actions will follow our thoughts. We are to feed our minds with whatever is pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy—all the things that help us stay focused on God’s Love for us and Christ’s sacrifice for us.
This radical way of filling our minds with truth and all good things is a challenge, especially during the most trying times. But as we actively practice this, even in the most difficult moments, we can fight painful situations, trials, and all the difficult things we face. It’s a way to reclaim and live out our lives with love, hope, faith, and gratefulness in the full blessings and Love of God.