(April 7, 2017)
We sat for lunch outside the Christian camp. And a warm Cuba breeze brushed through. I shooed a fly, and then another and another. “I’m used to this,” I said to my friend beside me. “When my family and I lived in Bolivia, flies buzzed all over. No one complained. We accepted the nuisance as part of life.”
And although in the United States, flies have no place, worry does. Its effects buzz around and show up no matter how often we try to shoo them away.
Here’s what I discovered: Worry is a language, a specific way of communicating with God. Our worry talks to God. Which of these is your worry telling God?
- You are not capable of resolving what causes me fear.
- You are not able to rescue me on time.
- You are not aware of the details of my situation.
- You are not able to heal my hurting heart or restore my broken plans.
- You are not powerful enough to protect me from the evil one or from his lies.
If you checked at least one, you got a low score as you’re talking the language of worry…unacceptable to Him and destructive to us.
Worry-talk contradicts God’s Word and discounts His promises.
But what if we use the language of faith? We would speak of God’s strength. We would declare of His mighty power to correct the wrong, to heal the wounds and to soothe the pain.
Believing He can, we in turn can shoo worry away, bringing peace back. And once in the place of peace we repeat what God has been saying through the ages. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34).
If we listen, we’d be singing, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust…” (Psalm 91:2b)
Pray with me: Father, Thank you that my worry dies in the truth of your Word. Thank you for that freedom. Thank you for your power at work in me to live with reassurance instead. In Jesus’ name, amen.
What has been worrying your heart lately?
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