#9 of 10 Steps to Meeting Your Challenge
#9 Trust in His abilities and power. Bask in His presence.
Why does it seem that no matter how much we try not to worry, we worry? I’m learning, slowly, but still learning, that it’s a simple matter of trust. I trust more in my own abilities to handle things than I do in God’s ability. And that’s where I get into trouble.
For the last few months, I’ve been reading and studying about God’s power and how in so many ways He is different from me. That’s what this series, “10 Steps to Meeting Your Challenge” is all about. This focused study has helped me to let go and trust God.
What do you worry about?
As a missionary who lives far away from my family, I worry about my family.
I worry about my not knowing my only granddaughter because I live so far away.
I think I worry because I can’t fully control all circumstances. But that’s kind of crazy thinking! If I could control everything, like the things I worry about my family, I’d botch it all up for sure! Why? Because I’m human, finite, limited. I can’t possibly know what’s best for them like God does. It’s hard enough just trying to figure out ME!
Why do we limit God? He isn’t known for doing ordinary things. His work isn’t dripping with humanity. It isn’t logical to us. Maybe that’s why we struggle to trust Him.
I love how Charles Swindoll says, “God doesn’t build skyscrapers, man does. God makes stars!” He’s the God of impossible situations!
So, why do we worry?
I sometimes worry about health care in Mexico. I worry that my husband or I will get sick and not get good medical care. Check out this picture of one of our doctor’s offices!
But hey, God can work in there just as well as in the best doctor’s office in the U.S.!
Worry is taking on responsibilities that we cannot handle. They belong to God.
Worry makes us forget God’s power. It reduces God to our human level. It makes us feel forgotten, unimportant. Worry erases the promises (there are over 7,000 in scripture) of God from our minds.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:33-34
You know what else I worry about? My friends in Mexico who live in very dangerous places (pictured above). The friends who live here belong to Jesus, and they serve in their local church and with our ministry. I have to trust God to care for them wherever they are serving Him.
Sometimes, worry becomes our mental and emotional companion. But scripture tells us many times that worry is not a characteristic of someone who consistently walks with the Lord. So, let’s refuse to entertain worry.
Let’s set our minds on Christ. Read about Him, talk to Him, tell others about His goodness, and listen to songs about Him. It’s here that we enjoy inner quietness and security. It’s here that we are surrounded by His peace in the middle of the storm.
Let’s live in peace and joy, and bask in the Lord, my friends!