I used to worry. I think most people do in varying degrees.
Worrying can be painful. Living anxiously is not good for you.
You can’t stop worrying just because people tell you to stop. Even if it’s Jesus.
Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin.
But eventually, what Jesus said will make sense.
Life is unpredictable There will be a time when you have to believe in someone bigger than yourself. And I have personally found that in moments of great anguish, God keeps you from drowning in the pain.
You have to put the past, present, and future somewhere. We are too finite to carry infinite situations.
God wants you to trust him. Rest is the opposite of worry. And that’s what God wants for you.
When you’re hurting, you wonder where God is.
And you ask: why is this happening to me?
Especially if you’ve been a tried and true church goer.
Centuries ago, the Psalmist asked the same.
Since you are the God who strengthens me, why have you forsaken me?
There are many complexities in life we cannot understand. If we throw in the towel, what good does it do?
You’ve got to hope in something. You’ve got to trust in something.
Or else you will try everything else to make the pain go away.
God is everywhere.
And He is with you.
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The Bible tells us about Job and the horror of his pain. He lost everything he had – even his children – and was attacked with physical pain.
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.
This was Job’s response to God.
That’s not to say he didn’t question his demise, but after processing all that happened to him, he made a choice to trust God. This is an acknowledgement of accepting that God is over all. It begins and ends with Him.
It’s a choice every Christian comes face to face with. It is a choice that reveals one’s devotion to God. Because if the going gets tough, it’s easy to bail out.
God wants us to have joy and peace. No matter what the circumstances, we will have both when we choose to trust God with everything.
If we choose not to trust God…we won’t.
Sometimes it feels like your situation will overtake you …
… but have you thought about the immensity of the earth and 2/3 is covered by water?
And yet it does not overtake the land.
How much more important are you?
God is fully aware of your situation.
You have to trust in something.
When our computer goes up we call someone who knows how to fix it. We trust the technician.
When our car breaks down we call someone who knows how to fix it. We trust the mechanic.
But for some reason, when things go wrong in our lives we don’t call the one who knows how to fix it. In fact, we do everything “but”.
God made you. He knows what works and what doesn’t. We are given the choice whether we believe that or not.
I can tell you for certainty, he knows how to help you. But it may take some patience on your part. It may take being teachable and willing to listen. It may take doing some things you don’t want to do.
If you are a parent, you know how difficult it is when your child is sick. A sudden fever in the middle of the night or a broken arm from a fall – we want to take the pain away. We do all we can to comfort and help our child get well.
God is a parent, too. He is the Heavenly Father. He is not distant from you. The Bible tells us God knows how many hairs are on your head. That tells me He is fully aware of you in a very personal way. When you are in pain, He also wants to bring comfort and help you get well.
A child learns to trust his parent’s care. God wants us to trust His care.
How does God comfort? First of all, it’s incredible to me what people can endure. Some call it the resilience of the human spirit. It’s there because God put it there. Secondly, if we want God’s involvement, we will find many comforting promises that will help us through our pain.
God has made us to work well within His design. That said, knowing those comforting promises help us with pain. It works. Just like a child trusts that an earthly parent will bring them a warm blanket, a glass of juice, a dosage of medicine, we can trust that our Heavenly Father promises never to leave us or forget us.
It doesn’t always feel like that. I know. But only when we see beyond ourselves and reach for something bigger than our pain, will we begin feeling differently.
When no one else understands, God does. When no one else cares, God does.