A fourth truth to remember is that God commands us to live anxiety-free lives. Philippians 4:6 puts it this way: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” God would not command us to do something that he hasn’t enabled us to do. The Bible challenges us to have no anxiety about anything. This means that, by God’s grace, it can be accomplished.
Because God bears our burdens, we can obey his command to be free from fear and anxiety. In 1 Peter 5:6, we find these words: “Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.” We can therefore come boldly before the throne of grace (see Heb. 4:16) to receive mercy and help during our times of need, casting all our cares upon the omnipotence of the one who loves us better than we love ourselves. It is critical that we do this, because the burdens that weigh us down will not weary God. Proverbs 12:25 says, “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”
Four Action Steps to Cast Out Fear
First, we should trust God to direct our lives. Proverbs 3:5–6 puts it this way: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” This wonderful passage provides a blueprint for conquering fear. It reminds us that when we passionately trust God—leaning not on our own understanding, but seeking his will in all we do—he will direct our paths. The guidance of God will come to us like a spiritual GPS—a godly positioning system. Like the GPS we use to navigate in our vehicles, God will guide us and will even overlook our mistakes as new routes are calculated. We can conquer fear by trusting God to direct our lives in a similar way, for his word is “a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (Ps. 119:105).
Second, we should be willing to allow God to become our ally. Romans 8:26–28 says, “The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Imagine the great advantage that these promises afford. We do not even have to pray for ourselves, for the Holy Spirit is willing to articulate to heaven the deepest longings of our hearts. And no matter what season of life we may be going through, in everything God is at work for our good. We do not have to be intimidated by the Goliaths of life, for “this is the Lord’s battle” (see 1 Sam. 17:47).