What if God calls you to do something that appears irrational. Would you question Him, doubt Him, or move expeditiously? I try to keep my cool cucumber persona until God’s instructions seem outlandish, then that inkling of doubt does the villain laugh, Ah hahaha Ah hahahaha!!! You know, the doubt that we keep that gives us permission to worry, which is a sin.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.… “Philippians 4:6-7
Imaginatively, I can see God smile when our first response is, “Yes, Daddy!” That means before I call everybody I know looking for confirmation, or draft a blueprint for a backup plan, I trust God, therefore insecure phone calls and alternate plans are no longer needed. Confident, until death, and then resurrected to life, Jesus obediently laid down His life for us all. If Jesus said “yes!” to His Dad on our behalf, why do we continually come up with “maybe’s” and “no’s?” Euphemistically we tell ourselves that we obey God, but that is only when the parameters are logical. We cringe to think that we make God wait or tell Him “no!” What if God told you to resign from your job before you had confirmation of the next one? How about, if He told you to work on a marriage that flat lined ages ago, could you say “Yes, daddy!” Anxiety gives us reasons, justifications as to why we should put God on hold, sometimes for ions before we answer.
Anxiety says “Dad, you’re not God enough to handle this stuff, so I am going to worry about it because I do not trust that it will work out.” “Father, I am quite sure that even if it does work out it will not be in my favor.” Those thoughts, which we all have, could not be more contradictory to the word of God. I was once a binge worrier until I experienced and appreciated the full benefits of trusting God with everything in me. The rewards abound. Our Daddy is making sure that we have what we need, even now. Perhaps, I do not get the job I wanted, or the husband I am seeking, it is for my good. What if I have less personal funds than needed or ministry demands resources that I do not see, it is for my good. How can seemingly negative situations be for our good? Well, the hard, disappointing times in our lives produce fruit inasmuch as the pleasing, jubilant times. I dare to say, the hard times actually accentuate the good times, produce those virtues in us that we cannot get elsewhere, drives us to the feet of Jesus, and fortifies our commitment to God and His work.
“And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Today, we have highlighted the fact that to worry is a sin, showing distrust in God. We’ve also noted that all things are cohesively being orchestrated by the Master Conductor for our good. Humbly, I ask you, what are you worried about? Say, “Yes, Daddy!” In your mind, until it gets into your heart, knowing that our Daddy loves us and wants what is best for us.
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?” Matthew 6:27
Daddy, when it doesn’t make sense to me
Naturally inclined to worry; it’s my propensity
That says, “doubt God, surely, it will go sour!”
Yet, I trust you for salvation in that very hour
I’m clinging to your promises, breakthrough in a hurry
Let faith arise, triumphant over worry