Do you ever struggle with letting God be in charge without trying to look over His shoulder to see if He’s doing it right? Jesus spoke on several occasions about the subject of worry. As He pointed out the simple lifestyle of the birds and the serene beauty of the lilies, He said this:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:33-34 NKJV
There’s an old saying that says, “Don’t borrow trouble from tomorrow”, and it describes the bad habit of burying today’s joy under a pile of tomorrow’s concerns. Tension can grow between our desire for surety and our trust in God’s sovereignty, but it helps to remember that worry is not of the Lord. He doesn’t place it in the heart of His child.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Instead of focusing on the circumstances, the scripture tells us to:
- Pray through the many things we’re thankful for
- Honestly discuss our anxieties with God (He already knows anyway)
- Ask for God’s help with our thought patterns and not just situations
Once this mode of prayer is set in motion, verse 7 promises:
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
That’s a great trade. We give Him our worry and He gives us His peace. What worries do you need to trade-in today?