I had an unusual experience last Sunday. During an altar call where we, as a congregation, brought our prayer petitions to the altar, I suddenly began to feel a surge of fear rising within me. I had left my Bible behind on the pew, with all of my notes for potential devotionals. What if someone took them? What if I lost all of my notes?
Where did that come from?
I was immediately reminded: “Don’t you think that I can take care of your notes?”
“The same is true for your family’s financial concerns that you subconsciously worry about. Am I not God?”
It was true. Whenever I pray for my family’s finances, I end up with a knot in my stomach. Maybe this was the cause of my tossing and turning all night long. I thought I had left it all in God’s hands, but in all reality, I hadn’t! I was trying to steal back the worries that I had laid down at Jesus’ feet.
I started to giggle inwardly. Point well taken! Why worry when I have God at my side?
Worry is a sign that we are not in control over certain aspects of our life. Worry is also proof that we have not laid our concerns in God’s hands. But then, maybe we WANT to continue to be in charge of our own worries. After all, they are OUR worries!
But are they? Doesn’t God want to be involved in ALL aspects of our lives?
Truly “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matt 6:27 NIV)
Furthermore Jesus words are so true: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:7-8 NIV)
First of all, God had responded to my subconscious concerns. Through the assurance of His Spirit, I try to stay focused on God. But there are times when I fail. There are times when my attention falters for a moment. This is where God’s Spirit enters like a breath of fresh air to remind me that He is still in charge, and to give me the guidance I need.
Secondly worry is not part of God’s plan. We either put Him in charge of every aspect of our lives, worry included, or we do not.
Thirdly the forthcoming fruit cannot grow if we hang onto our worries. Why not? Because we can’t remain in God and fondle our pet concerns at the same time! We may be called to go to the altar, but God’s call is even more important. Do we really trust Him in all things? Do we remain in Him, in His Word, in His love, leaving all of our petty worries in His care?
Maybe it’s time that we giggle! Worry is really not part of our lives any longer! God will take care of them. But only if we let Him!
Wow! Did you see the size of that fruit!
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