Some of us worry about handling the responsibilities given to us: Where will the money come from for all the bills? What if I fail? Do I have what it takes?
Others worry about outcomes: How will the kids turn out? What if our loved ones get sick? What if I get sick? Some of us worry about what we will wear and eat.
Whatever the cause, we all can become consumed by the circumstances that we can’t predict or control. Worry does nothing but stop us from making progress on the very issue that we are worried about.
Ultimately, worry comes down to two things: fear and a lack of trust. We fear that the future won’t hold what we consider to be good. We fear the worst and what that will do to us. We don’t trust that God is making progress on our situation, that He is aware of our difficulties or that He will come through for us. Fear and a lack of trust cause us to spend our time on “what-if’s”, adding misery to our journey, and running after things that make us feel safe and secure, like money, acceptance and approval. Others concede to their fears altogether, become visionless and accept the worse case scenario about their situation. This causes them to have no hope for their future and they become stuck where they are without hope of change.
God doesn’t want us to run after the “what-if’s” swirling around in our minds. He wants us to trust that He is there for us. He wants us to face the future with confidence knowing He is by our side. I’m not saying that you aren’t going to face difficulties. On the contrary, I’m telling you that you most certainly will. But what you must know is God loves you and He is present to give you strength for the battle and even deliver you out of your circumstances if necessary. He created us to walk with the confidence that He is caring for us and holds our future in His hands.
Over the next few days I encourage you to replace worry and fear with confidence and trust. This is the first step to living a life of peace and victory.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)