Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8
Would you agree anger is usually a result of not being in control?
Your spouse’s actions, your child’s reaction, someone bumps your car on the road.
When we are not in control, we tend to get angry.
And when we are angry, we become anxious.
And when we are anxious, we sin, which is evil.
That’s what Psalm 37:8 reminds us.
Filling our head with anxiety invites fear – the fear of not being in control the next time.
Almost like we throw open the door, allowing fear to walk right into our mind.
And when fear walks in, he tends to take over. Like take over everything.
Allowing our mind to walk with anxiety comes back to control.
When we are not in control, simply stated, we don’t like it.
Everyone likes to be in control.
Control of the home’s temperature, television choices, dinner menu, division of chores, and more.
When we are not in control of whatever it is, anxiety is born.
If not removed immediately, anxiety can grow as a thorn in your flesh, infecting not only your current mood but beyond.
Anxiety that has taken root in your flesh affects other areas of your life.
Because fear, which is the root of your anxiety, likes to take over completely.
You begin suspecting others when suspicion is not necessary.
You start to anticipate the worst when the best is yet to come.
Psalm 37 reminds us God wants His children to refrain from anger and worry. He knows it leads only to evil.
And now you do as well.
So what should we think of instead? Whatever is pure, lovely, honorable, and just. Philippians 4:8 reminds us of that.
With God’s help choose to focus on pure and lovely things. Your mind will not worry. Nor will it fret.
Ask God to fill your mind with His thoughts. His wisdom. His peace.
Ask God to remind you of His faithfulness.
He’s always helped you more than you realize.
Give things afresh to Him today, allowing Him to bring you His perfect peace.