Hi everyone! Today I’ve been thinking about a topic that many of contend with: worry. I call worry the great joy-sapper. When we open the door to worry, it rushes in and consumes us, locking out anything that’s good or positive.
Left to our own devices,
we sometimes turn from the One who loves us
and we wallow in terrible anxiety.
Worry is different from concern. Concern raises an issue and motivates us to act. Concern does not consume. Worry, like a nagging child, is relentless; it wears a body down until every last nerve has been exposed and left raw. We cry, we ruminate, we question, we give up hope, worst of all, we forget completely that a God who loves us waits to rescue us from this pit of despair. He cares. He really, really cares, but sometimes we forget that. Left to our own devices, we sometimes turn from the One who loves us, and we wallow in terrible anxiety.
David reports in Psalm 18 that when he “cried out to [his] God,” God “reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.” God heard and responded by rescuing him from the “deep waters” of his life circumstances. Isn’t that a beautiful picture?
God rescues. He saves and restores and gives hope. He gives courage and strength and comfort and even joy. Not a “dancing in the streets partying” joy, but rather a deep sense of well-being and peace that comes from knowing that no matter what happens, God will always be our Father. He will always be there for us, loving us and guiding us. It’s a joy that comes from knowing we are never alone and that our future lies in heaven–the place where we are meant to be living, in God’s company.
If you are anxious today, your Father wants to talk with you about it and offer you consolation and peace. Go to him. If you don’t know God as your Father yet, send me a note using the contact form at the top of my side bar. I would love to talk with you about how to have a relationship with God.