In the last couple of weeks, I’ve learned that funding of the company I work for will be challenging after the end of this year. What will that mean and how will it play out? I honestly have no idea. What I do know is that I am the child of an awesome God who wants me to depend upon Him for everything. “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6) And if I depend upon Him and obey His guidance, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19) So this morning, I sought a devotion on trusting the Lord. I want to share it with you. It’s from Stacie Ruth Stoelting published on CBN.
Yesterday, two concerns weighed down on my heart and mind: A darling little girl, whose mom died last year, suffered from a dangerous illness. And a very close friend’s grandma clung to life.
I confess: I relapsed into a bit of worry. I pretended like I wasn’t worrying, and I almost fooled myself. But denying my worrying totally failed. I felt discouraged.
Suddenly, someone called me and prayed with me for both concerns. The Lord led me to trust Him. Guess what? Within six hours, I learned that both the little girl and the friend’s grandma received gracious extensions of life and health! Praise the Lord!
This reminds me of the competition for our concentration: Worry vs. Trust. Today, let’s weed out worry and plant trust in Jesus. Let’s realize a few keys to understanding and overcoming worry:
1. Why worry? Worry never works. Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”(Luke 12:25, NIV). Let’s think about it: Worry never works! Then, in the following verse (v. 26), Jesus pointed something else out: “Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” God considers the extension of life -the very thing we worry about most- to be a very little thing! Our omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient God remains so good -so trustworthy! Why not trust Him?
2. Worry wastes life: It never solves problems, and it dissolves energy and time. Again, it never extends life.
3. Worry never hurries answers. It falsely gives one a feeling of “doing” something. Yet it never does!
4. Trust remains a must: Trust God. His Word, not worry, must reign in our hearts. For every worry, find an applicable Bible verse to memorize and internalize. Instead of denying the fact that you’re worrying, face it with God’s Word.
5. Trust God more than feelings. And transform typical negative “what if’s” into positive, faith-filled “what if’s.” (i.e. Instead of worrying something in your life might suddenly flop, start wondering whether something in your life might soar and give God glory!) God never leads us wrong. Every good and perfect gift comes directly from Him! Jesus said, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Stop worrying. Instead, start praying and obeying.
6. Unconditionally trust and love God: Remove conditions from your faith walk. (Stop the “If You do this, I’ll love You more” syndrome.) God never changes. He unconditionally loves us and plans what’s best for us. Let’s love Him unconditionally, too.
7. Love God and others without fear or worry of rejection. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (I John 4:18). When we let God’s love enter and flow through us, we exit fear.
Think of it: Worry never wins. Trusting God never fails!
In conclusion, let’s claim and proclaim Ephesians 3:19-21 today: “May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”