“I’m so worried about this test tomorrow!” Angie told her best friend, Leah. “What if I don’t pass?”
“Don’t worry about it,” Leah assured her. “Just go home and study tonight. Do your very best and it will be fine tomorrow.” She patted Angie on the shoulder, then ran to meet her mom who was waiting to pick her up after school.
That night, Angie tried to study, but she was so worried, she could hardly focus. Math was not her best subject and she really liked the teacher, Mrs. Warner. She wanted to please her. That night, Angie finally gave up, closed her math book and got in bed, but even then she couldn’t sleep. She kept worrying.
The next afternoon, Angie sat in class as Mrs. Warner passed out the tests. She was so tired from not sleeping, she could barely stay awake. Fear bubbled in her heart. She looked at the numbers swimming on the page and nothing seemed to make sense. When class was over, she knew she hadn’t done very well on the test.
Have you ever worried like Angie? Maybe it was about school, or a friendship or the future? Did you know that God’s Word says not to worry? Even more than that, God tells us why we shouldn’t worry:
Psalm 37:8b says, “Do not fret! That only leads to trouble!”
Fretting can be worrying, being anxious, or even being angry. When we let our emotions get the best of us, we are not at peace and bad things can happen.
God desires for us to have peace: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” John 14:27a
So, next time you’re anxious, angry or worried, remember what God wants for you and what Jesus gave you: peace.
When was the last time you were anxious?