When our focus is on things of this world more than God’s Word, it chokes out the word and what we are thinking about becomes much larger. What we are thinking on becomes our focal point, it becomes our concern, and our worry! The source of anxiety is based on those things. When we function in that capacity we find our hope is derived from those things rather than God! However when we focus on God ‘s Word He reveals truths to us and by the power of the Holy Spirit He enables us to walk in these truths! A telltale sign that you are walking with the world as your barometer is that your concerns about worldly things are greater than your concerns about things of God! Also in certain situations the voice of the world is what gets your attention more than the voice of the Holy Spirit.
My son ended up sick on a trip out of town. We found ourselves in urgent care and I had to make some decisions. I went home and the Lord lead me to James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].”
The other verse that comes to mind is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” I wish I could tell you it was simple, there’s a lot of information on both sides of the coin. This is where faith comes in, this is where you lay it down, trust God and listen to the Holy Spirit. Now meditate on the Word of God and block out the noises of the world! Get off the Internet and phone! Look to God, and let Him direct you and make what’s going on clear in your mind and heart.
He loves you and cares about your personal situation!