Are you worried about the future? There is plenty to be troubled about in this season of uncertainty. However, the word of God teaches us worrying will not fix anything. Whatever has the majority of your time and attention will begin to control your life because it is human nature to rely on whatever is the most real to you. The time you choose to spend worrying about the problems of life will build confidence in the problems, unless you address them with the word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
So you may ask, “How do I deal with the problems that I’m facing? How do I deal with the pressure of life, and why does it seem that God isn’t helping me?”
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” — 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NLT)
First we must begin to realize how much He really cares about us and then submit to His amazing love. When we begin to experience His love for us, then our confidence in His power will grow. If He loves us enough to give His only Son then He has not forgotten about the issues we face daily. “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” — Romans 8:32 (NLT)
Surrender yourself and the situation that has your concern once and for all to God. By doing so you are entrusting your life to Him. Just trust in His love for you because He is capable of handling any problem, no matter the size. If Jesus truly is your Lord, then you have entrusted all you are and all you have to Him. God can only help you to the degree that you yield to Him in faith. So it is by faith that we must approach His throne. If He was motivated by need alone, then He wouldn’t need our cooperation and all needs would already be met.
Say, “Lord, I cast this care of mine on to you because I know you are taking great care of me in this situation. I need your help with it.”
It is important that you leave it in His hands at that moment and don’t pick it back up again. “But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”- James 1:6-7 (NLT)
James speaks very directly about remaining in a position of faith in order to see the answer to our prayer. If we continue to worry about the problem, we will not receive from God because we haven’t really given it to Him. Worrying is the badge of doubt that keeps us from experiencing a breakthrough from God.
Remember that faith is generated from God’s word, so it is very important to continue to think on the promises of God concerning your situation, and boldly confess what God’s word says about it. This is how we combat worry. His word and His presence must become the reality that we base every thought and action upon. Living a life free from worry and doubt depends very heavily upon maintaining a vibrant relationship with your Heavenly Father.
My four-year-old son knows me by my actions and words because he spends a lot of time with me. He is confident I will take care of him because of the relationship we have developed. So, the more time you spend in the presence of God, the less you will find yourself worrying about life’s problems. You may not realize it but everything you desire is waiting on you in the presence of God. There is no material possession or human relationship that can even compare with the fulfillment that can be experienced while fellowshipping with our Heavenly Father.
Matt. 6:31-34 (NKJV) — Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its’ own trouble.
Rev. Josh Vanhook is pastor of Word of Life Church at Mt. Gay and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.