How To Avoid Overthinking
It wise to give thought to your ways but overthinking is bordering on the extreme side of things.
We overthink things when we are not sure how to deal with them and are in search of a solution. Yet God says we are not to lean on our own understanding but trust that he will lead us in the right direction.
Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
You may think too much about a situation that God has under control because he is already working on it.
Remember that his ways are not your ways and your thoughts are not His thoughts.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways, says the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
Trust that he is at hand to help you deal with anything that you are not familiar with.
Overthinking is likely to lead to fearful and anxious thoughts when you don’t know what to do. Instead, take your worries and concerns to God in prayer and let his peace guard your heart and mind. When you pray, leave the situation in God’s hands.
God has a solution for that thing you are thinking about day and night. Ask him for wisdom for he says in James 1:5 that you only need to ask and he will give it to you, no questions asked!
Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge to a situation and come up with a solution. The Bible is God’s wisdom and addresses everything that troubles you.
Cast out of your mind thoughts that don’t align with the word of God and give your mind a break.
Bible Verses About Overthinking
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
When troubles come our way, it’s all too easy to fall into anxiety. But the Bible commands us not to let anxiety consume us. Instead, we are to take all our concerns to God in prayer.
He hears every plea, big or small. We serve a God who delights in answering His people.
But seek first God’s Kingdom and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day’s own evil is sufficient. Matthew 6:33-34
We tend to make our problems bigger than they actually are. When we overthink, we are magnifying the importance of something so minuscule.
In these verses, Jesus reminds us to pursue the most important thing – the Kingdom of God.
Our problems don’t seem as big when compared with the infinite glory and goodness of God.
2 Corinthians 10:5
not boasting beyond proper limits in other men’s labors, but having hope that as your faith grows, we will be abundantly enlarged by you in our sphere of influence, 2 Corinthians 10:5
Our thoughts are unruly. And when they are enslaved to our sinful desires, that can be dangerous.
Overthinking isn’t necessarily about thinking too much; it’s about thinking all the wrong things.
What would it look like if our thoughts were captive to Christ? When we submit our thoughts to Jesus, our minds will be filled with peace.
You will keep whoever’s mind is steadfast in perfect peace, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
At the root of overthinking is doubt. We can’t see every outcome, so we doubt that everything will turn out the way it’s meant to.
So what’s the opposite of doubt?
When we trust that God is in control of every situation, the storms of our minds become calmer.
When we fix our eyes on Jesus, we abide in the perfect peace of God.
Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. Colossians 3:2
Many of the things we overthink are worldly. We overthink our career choices, our relationships, our futures.
But as big as these things seem, they are only momentary in the grand scheme of things.
Instead of spending all our energy worrying about temporary things, what if we set our minds on eternal things?
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
We all know the old adage: “Everything happens for a reason.” For followers of Christ, this is completely true.
Everything that happens to us, good or bad, is all part of God’s grander plan. It can be hard to believe this, at times.
But rather than dwell on all the things that have gone wrong, instead be grateful that God can use anything – even this – for our good and His glory.
Search me, God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts. 24 See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. Psalm 139:23-24
Often, we overthink without even realizing it. In this Psalm, David is asking God to root out all of his sinful thoughts – even the ones he can’t see – and set him on the right path again.
1 Peter 5:7
casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
God cares for us. We know this to be true in our hearts, but do we live like it? When we overthink, we focus inward on ourselves.
Everything is about our feelings, our fears, our worries.
But we forget that we have a Heavenly Father who already knows our hearts. We can bring our burdens to Him, and He will give us rest.
Prayer Not To Overthink Things
Heavenly Father, thank you for a sound mind and the ability to think good thoughts. I have been overthinking things that trouble my heart.
Help me rest in your ability to deal with everything that is on my mind.
I know your word says I should not worry because it does not benefit me in any way and I repent for not obeying it.
Which of you by being anxious, can add one moment to his lifespan? Matthew 6:27
Today I place in your hands everything that I am spending too much time thinking about.
Show me your divine solutions for everything I am overthinking because you have all the answers I seek.
In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
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