Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart and Lean Not on Your Own Understanding. In All Your Ways Acknowledge Him, and He Shall Direct Your Paths.
Christian are you staggering under a burden today? Have you done everything you know to do, and feel that you have somehow missed something? Are your fears and anxieties getting the best of you? Maybe it’s your job, frustration over corporate politics. Maybe it is a relationship with someone who is seemingly utterly unreasonable and inflexible. Maybe it’s just that there is not enough of you to go around, or not enough income to cover the expenses.
I was always a worrier. Very conscientious and “Type A”. Perfectionists drive non-perfectionists, (and one other), nuts. Because perfectionists don’t actually have a need to do things “exactly right” but rather a need to do things “exactly as they themselves feel it ought to be done”. And therein lies the problem. There is often more than one means to an end, and one way may be just as good as the other, and there might actually be a better way than your way or my way. In fact, I know that there usually is, and that’s God’s way.
If you are, or ever have been a worrier, did you ever find yourself getting mad at someone else for NOT worrying? I mean, someone who was in the same boat with you. Like a spouse? Sometimes people are calm simply because they fail to grasp the gravity of a situation. (That’s a nice way of saying they are obtuse.) Some people prefer to remain clueless. Like Scarlett O’Hara, they know they should be concerned but consciously choose denial as their coping mechanism. And infuriatingly, the fact is that sometimes that actually works in their favor because sometimes things do actually “work themselves out” over time. Our worst-case scenarios seldom come to pass.
But I’m not really talking about your run-of-the-mill doubts, today. I’m talking about gut-wrenching anxiety over circumstances that, if we would be honest with ourselves, are not really as “within our ability to control” as we like to think they are. And I’m talking about fear that mushrooms to the point that you can’t sleep, you feel a gnawing in your gut all the time, and are restless and tormented.
That ought not to be so. Not for a Christian. Now, hear me out! I am the very last person who would try to tell you how you ought to feel. (See “Positivity“). But this is not about feelings. It is really about knowing your “place” and about obedience and choosing “that good part”.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Be still, and know that I am God
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:38-42)
Mary chose to set aside every other concern and just sit at Jesus’ feet and dwell on Him and hear what HE had to say. Don’t let the devil harass you. When we entertain and nurse our fears, it is a little bit like self-flagellation. Frankly it is a little masochistic. It is twisted. Like walking barefoot over hot coals, we take our armor off and practically dare Satan to hit us with his best shot.
If you just can’t seem to make any headway toward solving the problem, why not set the problem aside and spend some time and effort on your perspective instead, and in praying about everything, and meditating on the Word. If you stain your eye staring at a speck on the wall long enough, it will disappear into a blind spot. (Try it and see). If you focus exclusively upon your problems, the solution is guaranteed to elude you and all you will get for your trouble is more strain. Focus on the Lord and His sufficiency for a while. Peace will come. God knows what you are up against. He is glad to intervene, but He isn’t going to be your “fall-back” plan. Either you trust Him or you don’t. Either you want His solution, or you want to be the toddler saying “ME do it!!!”. Which is it gonna be?
Psalm 46:10, Philippians 4:6, Proverbs 3:5