“God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”
– 1 Kings 4:29
We’ve been talking about the things that we commonly worry about, and in every instance, we have seen that seeking God’s truth and His promises provides the antidote to fear. This is why Solomon’s request for wisdom and knowledge when he was offered anything on earth was so powerful. Because he understood that every other concern would be helped by knowing more about His Lord, he set his eyes on things of eternal value.
Solomon had every reason to worry about money, about his honor, about the enemies at his gates, and about living a long life, but because he asked for something Spiritual, God assured him that all of these worldly concerns would be taken care of. Similarly, if we seek the treasures of His Kingdom above the cares of the earth, these things will be added to us, too. This is why we should always be hungry for wisdom, knowledge, accountability, discipline, righteousness, and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. While there is no fast track to wipe out worry, wisdom and knowledge are a sure solution — it may simply take some time to see their fruit in your life.
Friend, when you are wrestling with worry, don’t look for ways to withdraw and don’t turn to a substance like drugs or alcohol in an attempt to shortcut to tranquility — you can have the real deal; you don’t need a chemical version! In Jesus, and with the help of His Word, you can have a fully open mind and a relaxed, fresh vision. The Holy Spirit will provide all the things that you worry about if you embrace the discipline required to turn your eyes to him when feelings of fear come. A mind full of His truth provides a soft pillow, and restless nights turn to peaceful slumber when fretting is replaced by faith in His goodness!
I thank you, Jesus, for providing a sure solution to my worry. I ask for more of your wisdom and knowledge in every area of my life.
Do you tend to shortcut to feelings of relaxation when you are assaulted by worry? How can you focus on God’s promises and enjoy true tranquility?