Just the other day I was having some time alone with God and reading in a popular devotional book. You may have heard of it before…”Jesus Calling”. I highly recommend this book for your daily time alone with God. I am not a devotional book type of person, but this one has captured me. I prefer more of a Bible study to be working through verses a devotional book. Not sure why, but just about the time somebody puts a date on something it all falls apart for me. LOL!! But “Jesus Calling” is different. When you see it you will understand.
Well, on with this post…As I was reflecting back over that days reading I began to think about why I worry sometimes. I constantly come back to the fact that often times it comes down to an issue of control. We don’t like to feel out of control. When we worry we are usually out of control in that particular area. I have often times realized that I am really not in control of much of anything! God, however, is in control of EVERYTHING! When I realize this and choose to receive it and believe it, I can rest because I know He has got it. He knows what is best anyway and can do all things so I don’t have to worry!
As I was processing through all of this, I realized…Worry is a CHOICE we make! I can draw in close to Christ and experience His perfect peace or I can focus on my problems and all the questions of uncertainty and sit in my worry. When I am sitting in all that worry it is because I am walking after my flesh and trying to handle it in my own power, strength and resources. I also realized that when I am focusing on all the problems and questions, I am measuring the problem up against my strength to handle it and I am always going to come up on the losing end of this equation. My strength is never adequate or sufficient. God’s strength, however, is a different story! Nothing is impossible with Him. When I put His strength in the equation of me and my problems that always tips the scale in my favor! God’s strength and resources will always be greater than (remember that little math lesson in school) my problems. When I align myself with Christ and His strength that always equals victory!
So, why worry? As Christ’s children we can face all uncertainty and problems with His perfect peace…if we so choose! Let’s choose peace together today!
John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on the earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” NLT
Isaiah 26:3-4 “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.” NLT
Keep your thoughts fixed on Him and communicate with Him all throughout the day. By doing so, you build intimacy with Him and that makes trusting Him easier and when you are trusting Him more, you will worry less!