How to claim stability in Christ

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Gracious Heavenly Father,
Life can be so overwhelming and challenges seemingly unending.
Guide me to know the next right thing to do.
Bathe me in Your peace as I focus on You and not the mountain in front of me.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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1 Samuel 17:34-37a

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When confronted with the giant Goliath, David didn’t focus on and tremble with fear. He trusted in God’s track record. This gave David confidence to tackle—and triumph over—the challenge in front of him.

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We recently took a trip to Disneyland. Not wanting to disappoint the family, Mark climbed into the ride, pulled down the safety bar and began to shake. All despite the fact that he was horribly scared. He hated the dark. He despised loud noises. He loathed high speeds. This ride was very much Mark’s Goliath.

I rubbed his arm and told him that he didn’t have to ride it if he didn’t want to. I was happy to get off and wait with him. But Mark wouldn’t have any of it.

“I just scared it be fast, but you make me calm down. I trust you, Momma,” he said as he clung to the safety bar with one hand and to me with the other. His tiny gingerbread colored fists turning white as snow. “I sit with you. I be okay.” And then as the ride lurched to a start, Mark buried his head into my side.

This is exactly what our relationship with God can do for us. Sometimes we may have to ride it out. But we never have to do it alone. Knowing this can bring us soothing confidence and even peace no matter how our emotions may try to sway us to feel differently.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread…for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV)

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Our relationship with God can be a steady anchor when anxiety threatens to overcome us. Scripture can remind us of God’s track record with His people and strengthen our trust in Him. Identify encouraging verses to keep close at hand for comfort.

You’re never alone. So resist the urge to feel and act like it. Push the pause button on your worries. Pray. God’s got this and He’s got you also.

God’s word isn’t the only place we can turn to in order to review His track record. We can look back at our own history too. Think of a time when you were wrought with worry, but God brought you through.

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