Focal Passage: Psalm 23:1-6
In an earlier session, we learned that we can trust God in times of fear. Closely related to fear is worry. Worry is that constant wondering when and if something will go wrong. Like fear, worry can be dominating. But just like we can trust God when we are afraid, we can also trust Him when we are worried.
When we consider who our God is, we recognize that worry becomes completely unnecessary in our lives. As our shepherd, God gives us His guidance. When we are tempted to fret over what our next move is or what decision we should make, we can remember that God is faithful to lead us. He does this for our protection and for the sake of His name.
Worry is unnecessary for the Christian because of God’s provision. Because God has promised to meet all of our needs, there is no need to occupy our minds with nagging thoughts about where our resources will come from. Scripture reminds us what to do instead of worrying. “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
God’s presence with us also eliminates worry. What a comfort we have in knowing that God Who is not distant from us, but near at all times! God, Who is all knowing and all powerful, is present with us. There’s nothing that can defeat Him or catch Him by surprise. Because God is with us, we are safe, and we don’t have to worry.
God’s goodness removes worry. Whatever comes, we can rely on His promise to be good to His children. Though circumstances do not always “feel” good, God remains true to His character. The psalmist understood that God, our shepherd, is our constant comfort. Because of who God is to us, worry ceases to have power and relevance in our lives.