Worry. I don’t want to do it, but sometimes, I find myself doing it. I’ve come to realize when I worry, I am effectively ignoring God. Worrying is about living in the future, and God is not there. He says that He is the great I AM. He is all about what is happening now. He is focused on the present. It’s just not productive, and it’s insulting to God. Worry ignores the following aspects of His person:
His presence. God is omnipresent. He’s everywhere. But when I worry, it’s as if I don’t even recognize that He is as close and the breath I breathe and He’s just a prayer away. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” When I acknowledge His presence, it calms my fears. God is always with me. When I refuse to forget that, the enemy will not be able to get me to worry.
His power. God is omnipotent. All power is in His hands. Worry is effectively telling God He’s impotent and He can’t do anything to help you. What an insult! He’s Almighty God! Stop it. You’ve got to believe in your heart He is able to do exceedingly abundant above what you ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
His wisdom and knowledge.God is omniscient. He knows everything. Worry tells God, “You know absolutely nothing about this situation and how to resolve it. I’ve got to handle this myself.” The truth of the matter is that God knows infinitely more than we know, and if we pray instead of getting anxious, He will impart His wisdom and knowledge to us and give us peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). He says if we ask for wisdom. He will give it to us liberally (James 1:5). The question is do you believe that?
Worry is about our having a sense of self-sufficiency. Apparently, we think we can solve our own problems if we think on them long and hard enough. Why is it that we try to figure out stuff for ourselves when we have a God that is ready willing and able to help? Let’s stop trying to figure out how to resolve those things that are humanly unresolvable. Relax. Worry is usually about something we have absolutely no control over anyway. If you cannot control it, what’s the sense of worrying about it?
The best line of defense is to pray to God and let the chips fall where they may. Know that you can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:19), and God will help you to handle whatever you need to handle when it’s all said and done. He will. He promises He will. God is in control and He is fully capable of handling the situation. He wants you to listen for His voice and he will tell you what He wants you to do. Stop the worry, and focus intently on your Heavenly Father today.
How do you deal with worry in your life? Leave a comment below.
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