by Arnie Cole & Michael Ross
The God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: "Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've called your name. You're mine. When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you. When you're in rough waters, you will not go down. When you're between a rock and a hard place, it won't be a dead end--because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That's how much you mean to me! That's how much I love you! I'd sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you." Isaiah 43:1-4, MSG
Passages like these aren't suggesting that we are condemned because we worry, or that we should never be concerned about anything. Paul tells us to stop perpetually worrying about the same things--ruminating on the same things over and over. (See Philippians 4:6.) And he gives us the prescription for curing our worries: We're to bring our requests to God with an attitude of thanksgiving, expecting that what awaits us is God's peace, which surpasses all understanding.
The very serious spiritual problem is that our lives become filled with fear and worry when we refuse to surrender all to Jesus. When we decline to be joined to our Creator, even when He has provided us a way back to Himself through Christ, we settle down into the bog of our own anxiety.
We need to embrace the big picture. Every moment is only a sliver when you take time to step back and look at your life as a whole. And yet these slivers aren't insignificant at all. They're the building blocks of our lives. The small decisions we make daily build the foundation of our own big picture. If we dwell on the mistakes, then we're reinforcing them. If we decide daily to start fresh and move forward, then we're building a stronger base for our future.
What worries can you give to God?
Excerpt from Worry-Free Living. If you enjoyed today's devotional, check out more from goTandem Books.