Do you constantly worry about everything that happens, what’s going to happen, or about your current circumstances in life? Do you doubt that things will ever get better, or that life could actually be good? Could it be said that you are actually addicted to worrying and afflicted with doubt?
It’s a thought I hadn’t taken much account of until I recently read about it in Joyce Meyer’s, Battlefield of the Mind. There are times when we all worry about something, but has worry become what we do on a regular basis? And if we don’t have something to worry about ourselves, do we worry about it for someone else? For some this may be a tough one to swallow.
“It is absolutely impossible to worry and live in peace at the same time”.
Our lives are intended to be of such high quality that we enjoy it to the fullest. Jesus came that we may have, and enjoy life so much so that it bubbles up and overflows! One of the ways that satan tries to steal that joy away from us is to make us worry. And really, what do we gain by worrying in the first place? Besides anxiety and fear that is… both of which are not what God intends for us.
I revel in the fact that God already knows what we need, even before we ask it of Him. In no way do I doubt His goodness and love for us. Because really, I would never sacrifice one of my own children for you, and I fully expect that you would never do it for me. We cannot even begin to fathom that kind of love.
God wants us to know that we don’t have to set our minds to worry about money, or how we are going to take care of ourselves, or what’s going to happen next, because He has promised to take care of these things for us.
“Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any decree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” Hebrews 13:5
We need to have faith, to believe in, and to fully trust in Him. It’s not always an easy feat now is it?
I have come through many struggles in my life and can attest that I in no way would have made it through without the love, guidance, and a not-so-little nudge in the butt to get it right. By my own poor choices did I suffer the consequences. Did God ever abandon me? NEVER! Did I try to rely on my own understanding and power to figure a way out all by myself? Yup! I sure did! But THANK GOD, that I was able to have the eyes of my heart truly opened to what was required of me and to what God had planned for my life. I’m in no way perfect. Not even close. But what I do know is that worrying about my situation isn’t going to solve the problem. We can run through things over and over in our minds until they create a disillusionment of what is real, and what is truly possible. Without God, I was dead. I was broken. I was bruised.
I am a new creation; I will sing praises to the Lord. I will rise up above what the world “expects” of me, and walk in the ways of God. I am not ashamed.