Think about that for a minute.
Worry is believing that God won’t get it right.
At the core of worry and bitterness is a lack of faith.
Here are some things to remember the next time those fears and anxieties invade your peace.
- God is sovereign. He is. He exists outside of the boundaries of time and space. He knew what would happen to you before it happened and He is already on the other side of it. He has already established the solution and the deliverance is certain. If God is sovereign that means that nothing surprises Him and nothing gets to you without first passing through Him.
- God is for you. If He allows something in your life it has eternal value. He is supreme over all and contains all knowledge and wisdom. His goal is to strengthen you, sharpen you, and prepare you for the work He has called you to. Training by nature is difficult. Expect life to be difficult, but put bold confidence in the One who says His grace is enough.
- God enters in. The love of God, in fact, the very Presence of God, is invasive. He created the heavens and the earth, but when it came to man, He entered into the garden and used His hands. Through Jesus, He entered into the world as a baby, thus entering into every temptation, every heartbreak, every difficulty and every trial you would ever face. His Spirit entered into you the moment you believed.
- God goes the distance. He is not going to change His mind about you. He is not going to get sick of you. Your faithlessness in your fears doesn’t surprise Him. He is patient with you. He is the embodiment of comfort and the epitome of compassion. All grace, mercy, and truth come from Him, and He has vowed to never leave you nor forsake. Place your confidence in this: No matter what you face you will never face it alone.
Jesus conquered death. Because Jesus triumphed over the grave we have this assurance: what you are going through is temporary. There is more to life than what you see. There is comfort, peace, joy, and rest to be had. Because Jesus conquered death we can look at life with a new, heavenly perspective. Paul had that perspective when he penned this:
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us.” ~Romans 8:18
If we can remember these four things, if we can live in them and make them our truth, we will know the peace that surpasses understanding.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. ~Romans 8:31-34