As Christians we’re often reminded in tough situations that we are not to worry. This is one of the most difficult paths of our journey. It tests our faith and it can grow and strengthen our faith when we trust God’s Word. The Scripture reminds us that when we worry, we doubt God. Jesus reminds us throughout the Gospel not to be afraid; under all circumstances we are to only trust and have Faith in the God of all possibilities. He said what may be impossible for us, is ALWAYS possible for God. Yet in all honesty we find moments of fear and worry crop up in our lives.
I can think of MANY times that I’ve had to allow the Holy Spirit to ease my fears, calm my heart and quench my worrying thoughts which blazed and ran rampant through my mind. This may be the same for you. Here’s the thing that rescues me in these times:
Looking to God during these moments The Holy Spirit always cautions me to recall the Words of Jesus, “DO NOT BE AFRAID I am with you!”
When I grab hold of the promise and take heed to the guarantee I am always flooded with a peace. No matter what the issue or the chaos surrounding me, no matter the urgency of my anxious thoughts, suddenly everything within me is bathed in a beautiful stillness. It’s a place of great surrender where I can breathe a deep sigh of relief… the burden of the worry is lifted from me. This is the epicenter of the words “DO NOT BE AFRAID! I AM WITH YOU!” It is the feeling of carrying something so heavy that the weight of that thing is diminishing to my strength and my spiritual & mental muscles are strained to the point of explosion. Upon remembering that I am not alone and that the Lord is right here beside me ALWAYS, I am given the command to let go and accept His invitation to cast my cares onto Him allowing Him to carry the weight. In Christ we are encouraged to surrender the heavy yokes of self-striving or perceived self-sufficiency. Jesus bids us to relinquish the weight of worry and anxiety about the problems we perceive to be insurmountable. If we take up the invitation we find there is nothing to fear and we gain the reward of peace and a strengthened faith… even in the midst of the disastrous chaos that comes in this world, we’ll find ourselves sitting in the center of His solace and rest.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30
The Bible cautions us on fear far MORE than 365 times this includes not only the “fear nots” but to fear God only. In fearing God or reverencing Him alone… who or what shall we fear? NOTHING and NO ONE. God is our Banner!!! Hallelujah!!!!
My point is this: When we find ourselves on the road of worry, whether it be the illness of loved ones, debt, mental torments, family fractures and the list continues… we must remember to take the anguish to the Throne Room and leave it on the alter to be consumed by the Fire. We must remember that we are not alone and that Jesus wants to carry the burden that was never ours to carry in the first place. In remembering His promises our circumstance may not change but we will certainly change during the course of the circumstance. We’ll be at perfect peace in the midst of the storms.
What me worry?