It’s a fact that fear and worry immobilize us in our kingdom work. They distract us from our worship and love of God. And our service to God and His people is hampered and blocked when we worry about ourselves and fail to trust that God is in control.
Counting on God
Let’s look at this story of when the disciples and Jesus were on a boat being tossed about in a terrible storm:
A windstorm came down on the lake, and [the boat was] filling with water, and they were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 3:23-25)
When the disciples were in the boat with Jesus, and the storms came and the waters began to rush into the boat, they ran to Him. They didn’t trust that God was already in control of the situation. Their lack of faith was evident in their fear. They cried out, “We are perishing!” No wonder Jesus asks them, “Where is your faith?”
Jesus showed His divine control over all things with a few simple words to the wind and water. Take time to consider and marvel at God’s power, not only over the elements, but over every detail of our lives and all its ups and downs. The Son of Man has authority over nature, demons, disease, and death.
God is in Control
Remember, God is aware of your situation. He is also a loving and compassionate God. You can cease worrying, pry your fingers away from your hold on your troubles, and count on Him. Diligently and faithfully do your part, but trust God for His part. More times than not, your situation is out of your control, but it is always in God’s control. So rather than worry, choose to pray and put your hope into the loving hands of God.
6 Reasons to Not Worry
Matthew 6:25-34 lists six reasons to not worry...which are six reasons why you can trust God and count on His provision for you and His oversight of every detail of your life.
- You are valuable to God (verse 26).
- Your situation is under God’s control, not yours (verse 27).
- You will be taken care of (verses 28-30).
- Your needs are known to God (verses 31-32).
- Your pursuits should focus on God (verse 33).
- Your life should be lived one day at a time (verse 34).
Lord, so often I want to control things, especially when trouble arises. But You are the only one in control. Please help me turn to You and to trust You through all things. Amen.
Breaking the Worry Habit – Go beyond the simple “just pray and give your troubles to the Lord,” and apply practical step-by-step advice that will help you develop in the Lord and take steps to keep worry in check.
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Recall God’s goodness toward you in the past, when you faced storms. In what ways did He give you peace, contentment, and calm?
Don’t wait until the boat is sinking to recognize Jesus’ authority and call for help. Submit now and marvel at God’s control.