“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:33 NLT
Worry has got to be one of the biggest silent killers. It plagues our mind, and like a canker worm, eats at our peace. Ultimately, worry ends up destroying any chances of hope for having some element of joy in our current situation, more importantly, our future. The most deadly poison that worry infects you with, is the thought that “God just doesn’t care about my future.” When we let worry speak its lies, it’s not long until every thought of God becomes skewed. The progression generally happens something like this;
“God cares about everyone else but me.”
“He has totally forgotten about me.”
“Why did I ever trust Him in the first place?”
“God is not a good God!”
“Does He even exist?”
We must get worry out of our lives, or eventually, it may destroy us. Here are a few things to consider concerning God, worry, and the way to get victory;
Fear is the main source of Worry
If the Devil is out to destroy you and your future, and if he’s going to succeed, it will most likely be through fear. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 4:27 “Don’t give place to the devil.” Because when you do, he comes in like a thief, with one intent, to steal, kill, and destroy the plans God has for your life. The devil knows; your worries about the future, will end up destroying you long before the future even gets here. He also knows, the more fixated you are on the future, your present will appear even more bleak than it already does.
The only way to defeat Worry, is to understand God’s love toward you
It is vitality important you understand just how much God loves you. If you think, even for a moment, “God doesn’t love me,” you’ve just given fear a place in your heart. Please, read very slowly, and deeply consider, the words God spoke through the Prophet Jeremiah to a captive Israel who had felt as if they had lost all hope of a bright future;
“I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will search for me. And when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me! I will let you find me,” says the Lord. “And I will bring you back from your captivity. I forced you to leave this place, but I will gather you from all the nations, from the places I have sent you as captives,” says the Lord. “And I will bring you back to this place.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14 NCV).
And now consider the main reason Jesus came into this world. “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16 AMP)
Why do I have to go through all of these Hurts?
This is a very legitimate question, and one that deserves an understanding. The first truth concerning your trials that you must hide in your heart is this; you can trust God completely through all of your trials! I think one of the toughest things to understand, and even sort through in our minds, is that some of our trials God brings upon us, while others, we bring upon ourselves through disobedience. But whatever the case, God still has a plan and He needs you to trust Him. Solomon had these words of advice for us to consider when going through our trials. “Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. Don’t consider yourself to be wise; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones.”(Proverbs 3:5-8 HCSB).
Remember Abraham? God told him and Sarah they would have a child and they laughed in disbelief. They believed God to some degree, but because of worry and doubt, they leaned on their own understanding, used their own wisdom, and came up with their own plan. The problem started when they trusted only what they could see with their own understanding, and then began to rely on their own wisdom. The real trial started for them when God asked them to trust Him for the unknown, and the impossible. They added heartache to themselves when their doubt caused them to sin. The greatest part of the story is that the promise still came to pass whether or not they believed it at the moment given. The one down side; Abraham, Sarah, and all the generations after them, would always have to live with the discomfort of the product created by their worry and disbelief (Ishmael and the Arab nation).
Who am I, why would God choose me, and can he still use me in spite of my failures?
“But you are a chosen people, royal priests, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. You were chosen to tell about the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9 NCV) “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.” (Romans 8:28;30 NLT) “So give yourselves completely to God. Stand against the devil, and the devil will run from you. Come near to God, and God will come near to you. You sinners, clean sin out of your lives. You who are trying to follow God and the world at the same time, make your thinking pure.” (James 4:7-8 NCV) “You do not know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a mist. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away. So you should say, ‘If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that.’ But now you are proud and you brag. All of this bragging is wrong. Anyone who knows the right thing to do, but does not do it, is sinning.” (James 4:14-17 NCV) “But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power. You will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8 NCV) “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” (John 8:31-32;36 NCV)