Forget Worry-How’s Your Trust?
It’s interesting, this world seems to offer us up more and more to worry about with each passing day. From the threat of war (did you see Red Dawn?), to the economy, to my own family and our health. It seems like there is so much I could worry about.
I know I hear people talk about lying awake at night as they think about things. I can’t help but wonder how many of those thoughts are worrisome. I have to admit, I’ve had my share of nights lying awake thinking about all I need to do, all I should have done, or everything that’s coming at me.
When these times happen, I remember what I learned growing up, “Don’t worry, God’s in control”. Or, “God tells us not to worry, so just give it to Him.” While these statements are true, have they ever brought you peace, just by themselves?
To set a little context, check out 1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
This is about as useful, in practice, as a kick the face with a golf shoe, right? Well, not exactly, there is a little more value than that.
As I’ve been digging into this whole concept of peace a little bit, what I have come to realize it actually comes down to trust. Do I trust God to do what He said He’s going to do? If He said he would provide for me (Matthew 6:25-24), than why do I need to worry about it?
Don’t get me wrong, I need to work, and I need to think. However, I don’t need to worry. What’s the difference?
Merrium-Webster defines worry as such: to subject to persistent or nagging attention or effort.
I like that definition. Persistent or nagging attention or effort. Yup, that pretty well describes my thoughts when I am worried, persistent and nagging.
So, if I trust God to do what He says he’s going to do, it’s not that I don’t think about stuff (like paying my bills), but that it doesn’t become that persistent nagging. Rather, because I DO trust God, I can think about it, even do the work that’s required of me, but not be overcome by the persistent nagging.
Does this mean I will have a large house and the latest toys (e.g., game systems, cars, phones, etc)? Not at all. Rather, it means I do not need to worry about what God has promised us, which is none of those things. So what has He promised us?
Well, for starters, He’s promised us we are His heirs (Romans 8:17). He’s also promised us to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He’s also promised to provide for or physical needs (Matthew 6, stated above).
However, it doesn’t stop there. God also promised that we are going to face trials, but that this temptation will make us mature and complete (James 1:2-4). We are also promised to face persecution, but we are promised a victor’s crown at the end (Revelation 2:10).
You see, following God is not all about having a perfect life. It is about having a perfectible character, which includes learning to trust God more, and worrying less.
How is your trust level today?