Worry Ends Where Faith Begins
Do you worry?
YES!! I definitely do!
What do you worry about?
✔️Finances current & future
✔️Parenting our kids–our parents
Why do we worry?
Not sure I have the answer but let’s chat about it.
I’m guessing that I am not alone in my cycle of worry, right? Even though I know it does absolutely no good to worry, I’ve worried about what could happen and what might not happen. I’ve jumped into the worst-case scenario in a millisecond. I often find myself worrying about worrying. Please tell me I am not alone…
Worry–(v) give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or trouble.
Worries-(n) a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.
Let’s look at a couple of words in the definition of worry: give way & allow. Both of those words tell me that I choose to worry. YIKES!! I give myself permission to spend my precious time on worry; that I allow it to take the few minutes available each day away from something more positive and productive. Worries as a noun is a state of anxiety, and boy have I felt like I was a ‘State of Anxiety’ before….as recent as this morning actually. If you’ve ever got teenagers out the door for school in the morning then you surely understand. Please tell me I am not alone…
Matthew 6:25-34 tells us specifically not to worry about our life. Verse 27 asks if anyone can add a single hour to their life by worrying. Pretty sure the answer is NOPE. We are reminded to not worry about what to eat, drink or wear. It gives us examples of the birds (without sowing or reaping) and the flowers (which are here today and gone tomorrow) being taken care of then imagine how much more the Father will take care of us. Verse 30 says ‘…you of little faith.’ Oh…we may have our ‘why’.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt 6:33 & 34 (NIV)
Please tell me I am not alone…
THERE IS GOOD NEWS!!!
Where worry ends faith begins!!!
That seems simple enough right?! Just have faith and no more worry. Hmmm…?! Hebrews 11:1(NIV) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we don’t see. I have to admit that my Faith has been weak at times. One of my favorite things to do to strengthen my Faith is to reminisce about all the ways God continues to be faithful in my life. When He protected and provided when things seemed hopeless. Please tell me I am not alone…
And He (Jesus) said to them “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible to you.” Matt 17:20 (NASB)
THAT IS GOOD NEWS!!!
I find it so reassuring that all it takes is Faith the size of a mustard seed and all things are possible. There are certainly seasons where that’s the amount of Faith I had to offer. And it was ENOUGH for God to show up and show off in a mighty way. Even though my mountain of worry was so very huge and overwhelming the mustard seed FAITH was exactly perfect. Please tell me I am not alone…
Chris Tomlin’s Lift my Hands is such a perfect song about faith. The lyrics are so powerful.
I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things I remember
You are faithful, God, forever
Let Faith Arise, Let Faith Arise
Open my eyes, open my eyes
I encourage you to really let this song sink in.
When I let my mustard seed Faith Arise anything is possible. ‘Anything’ includes ALL the worry from the above picture that can be released. And the small amount that actually happens Hebrews 11:1 is a reminder that Faith gives me confidence and assurance in the unseen where God does His best work. You see Faith is trusting God even when…especially when…I don’t understand.
I have faith the size of a mustard seed, and I am not afraid to use it!!
I know that I am not alone…because our God is faithful…Forever!
Heavenly Father, Thank you so much for your continued faithfulness. I am sorry for all the times I choose to worry instead of trusting you fully. I know that it doesn’t matter how little my faith is that it is enough. With you Father, I can move any mountain! Right now I lift up any and all worries up to you surrendering all outcomes to you. Thank you in advance for all that you will do. In Jesus’ Name…AMEN!
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