All the effort that we put into worrying about our problems is wasted energy. Whenever we lose our perspective and start focusing on what is wrong and what could go wrong we are putting our self into a negative space that can be hard to come out of. I am not pointing at you. I am pointing at me. I have gone through this.
Too worry is to live in fear and fear is the opposite of faith. To have faith is to trust God. It is to believe that He will take care of us despite what we are living. When we worry we are not focusing on the unlimited power of God to take care of us.
I can’t imagine living some people’s lives. To live through loss or death can be very difficult. To be the one who is dying and worrying about hose who you are leaving behind would be quite difficult, but even in circumstances like that we must trust God. He will take care of those we love. We must release them into His hands and trust that hHe is able to make grace abound in their lives even when we are ending our own lives in Him. I speak this in pride because I have never come close to the experience, which I am greatly thankful for.
But there are times that I worry. There are times that I have fear. To say that I do not would not be accurate. There are times when I fear and I wonder if I am faithful. I want to be in the rest of God but in those moments I don’t have the rest of God. God’s rest comes to me when I seek it. But sometimes I forget to seek it.
To overcome worry and anxiety I pray. My entire ministry is based on living by faith. I always wanted to be one of those preachers who lived by faith, who trust God for his finances and for provision. This was like an ambition for me. The reality is much different than the ambition.
I am in one of those times where my faith is being tested. It is not the first time I have been here and it will not likely be the last.
I tend to get lost when I come out of focus and begin to look past today. When I start worrying about where the provision is going to come from. I get frightened when I see my bills but I can’t imagine the source of provision for those bills. Should I lie to you. I am not going to lie. I am going to tell you the truth anyway.
If I can say anything about the life of faith is that I had the courage to enter into it. I didn’t know what to expect but I have come to navigate that life. I have come to understand that there are times when provision comes rushing in and then there are the times of the doldrums, when things seem to be not moving anywhere, and yet, God is still moving on your behalf.
With have worry because we don't have perfect knowledge. God is our knowledge and our wisdom. In him there is perfect insight. If we would seek Him for that insight our worry would be less. My fear rises when I don’t seek Him for that knowledge.
Recently I prayed, “God show me the provision that you have in store for my life.” Within two days of that prayer I had a dream and in it I saw the dollar amount that we coming for me. It was enough to cover my needs for the month. When I see things like this it lessens my worry. Truth be told this is how I enter into His rest.
Prayer settles the matter. Prayer will bring you to the place of peace. I can’t stop praying. I will never stop praying because in praying I come to rest.
I live a life of faith through prayer. Prayer keeps me close to the Lord and the Lord whispers His words into my heart and I have peace.
I pray for you today and ask the Lord to settle the matter in your life. May He begin to show you that you will be fine. The truth is if you are in Christ you are fine. There is nothing that can take you out of the care of the Lord. As the Apostle Paul said, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, no any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).