Today is a big day for me. I have a big final presentation for one of my classes. Although I’ve been practicing for it, anxiety has circled around me like a vulture. Anxiety is nothing new to me since I’ve suffered from it since childhood. However, since I’ve known the Lord, I can always turn to him, and he helps me. I’ve learned in the battle with anxiety that I’m not the only person who suffers from it.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10;13 (NIV)

We might not think of anxiety or fear as temptation, but it is. It’s a temptation to stop trusting in the Lord and trust in ourselves. When Jesus taught his disciples to trust in God and not worry, he asked them this question.

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matthew 6:27 (NIV)

After his question, Jesus gave his followers a promise.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

While the Bible gives us insight into how to live our lives, Matthew 6:33 is one of the Bible’s many verses I endeavor to follow daily. The assurance of Matthew 6:33 is that God takes care of us, and because he takes care of us, we don’t need to worry about anything. If we worry, our worry says that God’s forgotten something. That somehow, today, God didn’t think of something for this or that thing, but by worrying, we might think of it and, thus, remedy or avoid any problems.

I’ve often lamented David’s relationship with the Lord. Indeed, not just David but all of those in the Bible who seem to have God on speed dial. While I can talk to God whenever I want, I don’t hear him talking back to me as I see in the Bible.

However, I have the Bible, which is the word of God. Therefore, I can hear the Lord’s words by reading the Bible and being attentive. In fact, when I pay attention, I can also see him speaking to me in other ways.

Consider the daily verse for today.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

The first thing I do every morning after prayer is open my Bible app and read the daily verse. Is it a coincidence that today the daily verse tells me not to worry? That I can cast my fear on the Lord because he cares for me? On a day when I could be full of worry? No, it is not. How about the Bible plan a friend sent me that started today? “Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety.” When my friend sent me that plan, she didn’t know what was happening in my life. Coincidence? No.

In my daily reading, Psalm 20 was on the list. Here are two choice verses from that psalm.

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Psalm 20:4 (NIV)

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Psalm 20:7 (NIV)

Although I cannot always hear God speaking to me as those in the Bible do, I know he talks to me, and I hear him. Today, like every day, he’s telling me to trust in him because he’s got everything covered, and if anything, today, God’s not just giving me “small” assurances of his faith and love; he’s shouting it from rooftops!

If you don’t know God, then know that God knows you and loves you. God doesn’t want anyone to perish but for everyone to come to repentance so they can spend eternity with him. If you want to know God and be saved from your sins, then pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I sincerely repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe you died on the cross and were buried, and God the Father raised you from the dead on the third day. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.

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