I took this picture on our trip to the Grand Canyon Sept 2019.
‘Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret— it only causes harm.’ Psalms 37:8 https://my.bible.com/bible/114/PSA.37.8 NKJV
This verse struck me today, especially the second half of the verse. To fret causes harm. Once I thought about it for a second I saw how. Fret is another word for worry. So worrying only causes harm. When I looked it up in the dictionary, another definition caught my attention. I was unaware of this definition until now. It also means to cause corrosion, kind of like acid would corrode something or how water makes new pathways in stone. The Grand Canyon was formed in this way. The Colorado River running over the rock continuously has made the Grand Canyon wider and deeper.
When we worry, it can corrode our life. It will go deeper than ever intended. Now, if we worry for a second or two, we may not see a lot of corrosion. However, if we are constantly worrying, it sets itself deeper in our mind and heart. Worry can become self-fulfilling prophecy and what is worried about comes to pass. It can also keep us from reaching goals & doing what God is asking us to do. We start thinking that we could never do certain things & then we never do them. Not because they are impossible, but because we fear. There is also a worry that maybe God won’t come through.
Also, in gymnastics/tumbling, if you fear and don’t commit to doing the flip you are about to do, you are more likely to get hurt. When I was in gymnastics, I was so scared that I was unwilling to try new things. I could have accomplished more things in gymnastics, if I would have lost the fear. I was also injured several times, because I was scared to get hurt. There is that self-fulfilling prophecy.
Fear/worry/anxiety also contributes to depression, which continues to get worse the further down the rabbit hole you get.
So what should we do? The verse right before it says to rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
‘Rest in the Lord , and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.’ Psalms 37:7 https://my.bible.com/bible/114/PSA.37.7 NKJV
We are also to trust in the Lord and acknowledge Him.
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.’ Proverbs 3:5-6 https://my.bible.com/bible/114/PRO.3.5-6 NKJV
We have to renew our mind and get rid of the old way of thinking and change it to know what the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 NKJV https://my.bible.com/bible/114/ROM.12.2.NKJV
Also, focusing on things above.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2 NKJV https://my.bible.com/bible/114/COL.3.2.NKJV
The next verse shows us what to think on.
Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. Philippians 4:8 AMP https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/PHP.4.8.AMP
When we take our focus off our worries and put them on our blessings and think towards God and that God is a good God. He is a big God. He is above all and nothing is impossible with Him. The opposite of harm happens. He makes everything work for our good.
For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37 AMP https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/LUK.1.37.AMP
And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. Romans 8:28 AMP https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/ROM.8.28.AMP