“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him…Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” – Psalms 62:1, 5 NLT
Have you ever been anxious? Of course you have. Do you like being anxious? Of course not. Anxiety is very simply the belief that things would be better if they were within your control. If we could own the outcome, our anxiety would disappear.
But then again, would it? At some point we have to conclude that one of the reasons things are not turning out the way we wanted is precisely because they were under our control. The problem was, we had full command, but limited foresight. There were unintended consequences to what we believed were the correct decisions. And now, things are out of control.
The Psalmist reassures us, the best course of action is not to strive, fight, and claw, but to wait. Wait quietly. When we do that, we transfer our hope from ourselves to our God. We remind ourselves that He has (and is) the victory.
When you feel yourself feeling that anxiety, stop. Take a moment and pray, “God, my victory comes from You. Quiet my spirit. Calm my fears, for my hope is in You. Amen.”