I wanted to finish up on yesterday’s topic with just a few more thoughts on the subject of worrying and other negative thinking.

We should never carry our burdens of worry and fear by ourselves, but rather we should take all such burdens to the Lord in prayer.  Psalm 55:22 tells us, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”  When we take our burdens to the Lord, we relieve the weight that presses down on our heart and soul, giving it up to the Lord.  We all know from experience how good it feels to tell someone our burdens, how cathartic it is, how cleansing and freeing it is, because the heaviest experience we feel most often is from feeling alone in carrying this burden.  So telling someone else our troubles is healthy and necessary for all human beings.  It is even more important to tell someone who can really help us with the burden.  There are two things that God can do for us when we tell Him our cares and concerns.  He can change us, either by changing our hearts so that we no longer worry unnecessarily, and He can give us more of His Spirit so that we are strong enough to stand up against these problems with courage.  At times, He will even change the circumstances, although many times He allows us to continue to go through the difficult circumstances so that we can be refined in the fire, wiser and more experienced to fight other problems down the road or to help and counsel others later on who will go through the very same circumstances that we have already victoriously survived.

We are also called to courage in the face of our troubles (Joshua 1:9, Deuteronomy 31:6).  While God promises to always be with us during these trials and promises to give us spiritual power to withstand the trials, we, nonetheless, must go through them in order to learn and grow.  We have to exercise our “spiritual muscles” of faith and courage in order for them to grow greater in power. Just like Peter in the Scriptural story of Jesus walking on the water (Matthew 14:22-33), we also need to learn by going through these difficult circumstances how to focus our eyes in faith only on the Lord (Psalm 16:8), still knowing that the storm is all around us maybe even still feeling some suffering from the storm, but learning to look past the storm always to the eyes and face of our Lord, knowing that He is always with us and that He loves us with a boundless, powerful love and, therefore, will let not let disaster completely overtake us nor let us go through anything that we cannot withstand.  We often make the storm bigger than it really is by worrying unnecessarily over things that usually do not even come to pass and may not even be possible.  It is so easy to worry unnecessarily. 

We’re very good at thinking up all the bad things that could possibly go wrong, and Satan knows we are weak in this way, so whenever He sees us focused on the waves instead of on our Savior, trusting completely in Him, then Satan works his lies and mischief to stoke up our worries and fears.  However, our perception of what is really happening around us and our perception of what may happen in the future are often distorted because of our human frailty in seeing things as they really are (1 Corinthians 13:12)  or because of our limited experience (much wisdom comes with age and experience after a lifetime of walking with God).  Either way, we often think that the waves are way bigger than they really are.  So our trust must be in Him rather than our own human perception or strength to control and solve those problems.  He is all powerful, and He promises to share His power with us.  And we know that we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens” us (Philippians 4:13

Not only should we trust in the Lord, keeping our eyes on Him and not on the waves, not letting ourselves be shaken (2 Timothy 1:7) nor letting Satan have power over our emotions, but we should also trust in the Lord and in His plans for us, knowing that He works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28).  In Jeremiah 29:11, we are taught, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Some versions use the word “plans” instead of thoughts.  I think that gets closer to the real sense of the passage because to give us a future and to give us hope, the Lord would have to be mapping out a course in His Mind and Heart for our lives that is best for us to follow, and being a Boundlessly Loving God, He will be diligent in carrying out His purpose for us, tirelessly working to ensure that His plan for each and every one of us does not fail.  He is All-Wise in foreseeing all possibilities, even in our own behavior, frailties, and failings.  And He has control over all things as He desires, although He often allows human actions to run their course because He honors our free will, but He takes His responsibilities to us very seriously and loves us with an all-consuming love, so you can rest assured that nothing will stop His plan for your life.    

I pray that you would receive the power in your life to keep your eyes on the Lord and not on the waves and that you would learn to exercise your “spiritual muscles” so that your faith may grow greater over time.  I pray also that the Lord will make you aware of His plans for you, for a better future for you. 



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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 


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