The Savior's Abilities
Don't you worry 'bout a thing
God is faithful and He will take care of you…
God is able to carry, carry you through
As I mentioned before, worry is the result of not trusting God. And, I get that sometimes, it feels like our lives can't possibly be going the way God intended. Still, one of the most helpful realizations I came to as an adult is that God doesn't promise us happiness. Happiness depends on what happens. It's a reaction to favorable circumstances.
God does promise joy (Psalm 30:5). Joy is different from happiness. Joy is a lifestyle. Joy exists regardless of circumstances. Joy is a choice. Joy is choosing to trust that God is faithful no matter what our lives look like.
There is not one verse in the Bible that says when you choose Jesus, life is easy and happy. It actually says the opposite quite a few times. Jesus warned that in this world, we would have trouble (John 16:33), but thank God that verse doesn't stop there! It goes on to tell us how to have joy. "But take heart because I [Jesus] have overcome the world."
So why worry? Sometimes, our worry and our lack of trust come from the simple fact that God's Ways are not ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). We are seeing the situation from a limited perspective. God sees the whole picture and He gives us daily examples of how faithful He is.
Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? Matthew 6:26, 28-30 NLT
And, if we are not trusting God, who do we trust? Ourselves? Others? I can't speak for anybody else, but I've definitely proven on many occasions that I cannot be trusted to handle life's issues on my own. And, as loving and helpful as our family and friends and church may be, when it comes down to it, they are all fallible humans. Therefore, no one should be trusted more than God. And, if we trust Him, there is no need for worry. Trust and worry cannot co-exist.
We trust God because He is faithful. (Psalm 118:29; 2 Thessalonians 3:3)
We trust God because His faithfulness is great. (Lamentations 3:23)
We trust God because He is forever faithful. (James 1:17; Hebrews 13:8)
We trust God because He is able to see us through any circumstance. (Psalm 23:4)
Because God is trustworthy, there's no need to trust our worries.
Lord, thank You that You are faithful even when we are not. We praise You because you are the same yesterday, today, and forever. help us remember Your Faithfulness. Help us remember how much You care for us. Help us to overcome our worries by trusting in You alone. In the Precious Name of Jesus, Amen!