Don't Borrow Trouble
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
What a relief! Instead of a warning about some dire event on the near horizon, God was telling me to trust Him as a blessed reassurance. However, over the previous week, as I had received His messages to trust Him, my own human inclination to see problems where there were none had taken over and become a vicious cycle. Every time God said, “Trust me; have faith,” I heard that something was about to happen that would require my faith. As I prayed fervently that He would increase my faith to enable me to stand in the face of trial, I felt inadequate and was even more stressed that I was not “getting it.” If I had only taken Him at His word and rested, trusting Him to be sufficient in my insufficiency, I would have saved myself a lot of angst. Sometimes I really am my worst enemy!
One of my favorite mottos has always been, “Don’t borrow trouble.” Yet there I was worrying and stressing that I might not be up to whatever lay ahead. The more I worried, the more I heard, “TRUST me.” So I prayed harder – without listening.
I know full well that God will always prepare me for whatever trials may come, and I also know that He is true to His Word…I really can trust Him. So why was this such a problem for me?
I think that in our weak moments when we are fatigued in heart, mind, body and spirit, as I was, we are even more susceptible than usual to attacks from the enemy. Although God was sending me messages to trust Him, the enemy was pushing my worry button and fabricating all sorts of scenarios of loss, disaster and ruin in my mind to keep me from focusing on my source of peace and rest. While I thought I was focusing on God, the truth is, I was focusing on events; no, not even events... possibilities. If I had been truly focused on God, I would have been perfectly at peace.
Lesson to self: If I am stressed and worried, I am focused on the wrong thing.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for your reassurance that I can trust you in all circumstances. Forgive me when I fail to receive and recognize the blessings you give me, including your peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank you for opening my eyes to your truth, love, mercy & grace. Help me to live this day full of joy in each moment, secure in the knowledge that You are my hope and the light that shines through me. You brighten the world around me with your love. I love you, praise you, worship and adore you in the precious and matchless name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
“Then He said to His disciples, ‘Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.’” Luke 2:22-32