Updated: Sep 15, 2020
What if everyone switched the time usually used to vent and complain on social media and took those burdens and grievances to God instead?
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7.
So many use their online space to attack others or air grievances. What does that accomplish?
What if the same amount of time was spent in the presence of God? What if we only aired our attitude and thoughts, anger, and emotions to Him? The way He invites us to.
He is the One who really cares about what is on your heart. God designed us for relationship with Him.
When we humble ourselves under God and submit to Him, not only are we depending on Him to provide relief and help in His way, but we are accepting the fact that we are no better than the ones we are complaining about. In fact, we are acknowledging to God that we know He cares about all involved and will provide a resolution for everyone and everything. We accept that it will come through His hands and in His timing.
This simple act of prayerful and intentional obedience impacts our lives on many levels.
“A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.” Proverbs 12:23
When we are slow to speak, our thoughts and words are not tossed carelessly. As we are less inclined to blurt out emotions and opinions, we are more disposed to come before the Lord. When we present our burdens to God, His word promises that we will discover His peace.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with Thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
In contrast, when we vent and complain to others without looking to God for help and provision, our actions bring the opposite result. Since the reverse of peace is worry, and the root of the word worry is anxiety and fear, we are inviting a divided mindset. This causes loss of trust and hope.
As we sabotage our faith and walk with God, we stunt our growth and fellowship with Him.
Most of the time the thoughts occupy our mind and cause stress or worry never materialize.
Even when we are faced with incredible hardships and problems, worries can do nothing to resolve or erase them.
Take God at His word and bring everything to Him. Time invested in prayer is never wasted.
Although the results may take much longer than we anticipate, they do come. His timing has been proven to be perfect.
The result or answer to prayer is only part of the reason to trust God with our prayer requests. The work that He accomplishes through us and does in us when we humbly bow in submission and trust transforms our mindset, actions, and desires.
We will be forever changed. Our mind can focus on what is true, just, noble, pure, and good.
We no longer attract or entertain worry and strife. We rely on a higher source. We intentionally attract serenity.
We draw nearer to the Lord, so He will draw nearer to us.