I was spinning. My thoughts moved from calm to chaos in a moment’s notice.
Circumstances make it easy to live in doubt, worry, and fear. I know that living in worry is the opposite of living in faith. Still, as painful as worry can be, it is familiar. Trusting God with all outcomes . . . not so much. Faith is easier spoken than practiced.
One day, while making my morning loop of errands, a verse kept popping up in my head. When I got home, I looked it up. “Everything that does not come from faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23)
While reading the verse, I could easily see what God was trying to say to me. My worry over my current circumstance was not faith — so it was sin. There were no loopholes! When I didn’t trust God with my details, I was missing the mark. My spinning, a default habit when in crisis, was actually saying to God, “I really don’t believe you, and I don’t put my faith in you when things don’t go my way.” I had to admit, I was skilled at living buried beneath my problems! I hated to admit that I wasn’t skilled at trusting God.
Harsh? It could seem so. None of us likes to be corrected! We like warm fuzzy comfort when we are hurting. But God’s word was actually comforting. He was teaching me to trust in His love in everyday situations. Because worry was more natural, I had a big learning curve.
Learning to Live under the Promise of His Love
When spinning in frustration, worry, or fear — STOP. Address the current situation in prayer. When we’re stuck in a negative pattern, we must ask God to forgive us our sin of distrust before we can move on. Coming to Him with our fears and concerns delights Him. He wants to calm our hearts, helping us understand the reality of His love for us. His love is practical in nature. He comforts, provides, guides, upholds, and strengthens His people.
What are you going through today that is causing you anxiety, fear, or worry?
Can you see how worrying is the opposite of trusting in God’s care for you?
Is God big enough for your details?
Our Heavenly Father knows what we need and when we need it. When we don’t trust Him, we’re not only hurting ourselves emotionally with all the unnecessary worry, but we’re hurting ourselves spiritually by living in unconfessed sin. God desires to unclog our spiritual arteries so that peace can flow through us every single day.
Lord, forgive us for all the times we doubt you. Forgive us for not remembering that you are always working in our lives. Help us to look up today and to put our trust in you. Thank you for your love. Amen.