February 27th, 2021 – Saturday Afternoon
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” ~1 Peter 5:6-7
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~Matthew 6:31-34
“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.” ~Isaiah 40:28-31
“Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits.” ~Psalm 103:2
I was thinking about some things earlier this week during the time that I was supposed to be praying and in the Word. That in itself isn’t an issue, especially if I was thinking about what I’m praying or ingesting. What was an issue (and what I was jerked awake with) was the fact that I was worrying or concerning myself over the things I had on my mind instead of entrusting them to the One to whom I was supposedly praying to! Wow! It hit me like a load of bricks. I was so busy thinking about these situations/things that I was completely missing the point; the Lord was (is) so gracious in reminding me to stop worrying and start trusting.
I’m guessing we all have the tendency to worry or stew over something in our lives, particularly those things which deeply affect us or the ones we love. The problem is, when we worry and think and wrestle with whatever it is we are dealing with, we show that we think we are the ultimate fix for the problems we see. I’m not saying that the Lord doesn’t want us to fight the good fight with the world, the flesh, and the devil (that is the real struggle, but, even there our strength is to be found in Him); rather, the Lord wants us to fight, but with Him as the victory and the cure.
Take some time to read through the passages above and allow the LORD to remind you over and over and over again of what He has done, what He is capable of doing, and what He has promised to do. He is the solution to every situation we will ever find ourselves (or everyone else) in and He desires our trust, not our heartsick worries and complaints. He wants us to bring all the cares, concerns, and worries to Him and live in reverent submission and hopeful joy as we wait on Him. Be anxious for nothing…trust in the LORD; He knows, He cares, He gives peace, wisdom, and grace, and He is sovereign.
I’m grateful for His tender correction and goodness. Thank You, Lord!