Here’s another excuse we use for holding on to worrisome thoughts. “There are some things I’m supposed to worry about. It would be cavalier, even irresponsible, to stop worrying about the welfare of my children or the state of my ministry activities.” On the contrary, the Lord has commanded us to commit our ways to him. (Psalm 37:5) He has promised to bless our reliance on him. Our children? They belong to him, and he loves them even more than we do. They need and deserve our love, our discipline, our nurturing and our guidance, but not our anxiety.
As for our ministry endeavors, if they have become a worrisome burden, then either an attitude check or a ministry change is in order. Psalm 100:2 (KJV) says, “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” “Gladness and singing” sounds like an invitation to be happy as we serve.
Our old Enemy may whisper, “You can’t handle this. What makes you think you’re up to the task? You’re gonna blow it.” We become discouraged before our work has even begun, distressed and troubled if the results are not precisely what we’d like to see. Our own lack of confidence sucks all the wind from our sails and all the pleasure from our tasks.
God promises in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Weakness makes us more likely to put the matter into his hands. Does what God has called you to do seem impossible? Good! Watching him do the impossible builds our faith, replacing our anxiety with a sense of adventure.
Philippians 4 is packed with wise instruction, and worth reading nearly every day.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This passage leaves no room for exception. God is in charge of our children, our ministries and everything else that concerns us. Our own weakness is not a problem. His weakness does not exist. And so, worry is not our job.
Inspired by the writings of Hannah Whitall Smith