I don’t like when I give my children a command to do something and they are constantly asking why? Let me clarify, I am not speaking of the times in which they are asking “why” for the sake of learning or to get clarity. There is a difference between asking why because you want to sincerely gain knowledge and asking why because you really don’t want to do what is being asked of you or you are filled with doubt. As a parent, I can tell the difference and so can God.
God may tell us to do one of the following: change the course of our life, cut off relationships, change our diet, change jobs, or move to a different location. His request disrupts our way of life and makes us uncomfortable. Instead of responding in obedience, we stop and ask, “BUT WHY GOD?” Sometimes what we are really saying is, “WHY DO I HAVE TO OBEY YOU WHEN I AM HAVING FUN DOING THINGS MY WAY?”
Our questions may also reveal a heart filled with doubt. A heart that lacks trust in a creator who has never failed His creation. It takes a great level of trust to not ask questions and just respond with a yes. Today take a leap of faith and say yes to what God is asking of you. In the long run, it will be well worth it!
If I am not careful, I can think too much on a situation of concern. I have been guilty of overthinking things which leaves me spiritually and emotionally drained. Someone offends me and I play the offense over in my mind. I said something to someone, and later start to think if I said too much. Did I say it in the wrong way? Has this ever happened to you?
Thinking too much opens the door to worry. If I am not careful I can find myself worrying through the pain, instead of praying through it. Worrying allows your emotions to get the best of you. Living in your emotions can be deceptive. Trust me, I can tell you stories on this one. Worrying is an insult to God. It says, “I do not trust you. I do not believe you have my best interest at heart. You do not know what you are doing so let me worry my little finite heart out and come up with a solution.” Worrying makes no sense!
The Lord invites us not to worry about ANYTHING but to pray about EVERYTHING!
Worrying is tragic while praying brings a peace that is out of this world. Prayer says, “Jesus not only do I want you to take the wheel but I want you to pick up this vehicle and carry it.” I cannot even sit in the passenger seat yelling out which way we should turn because I don’t know. Prayer is a liberating experience.
It lifts burdens that are too heavy to carry
Brings order where there is confusion
Gives hope for what seems hopeless
Affirms me when human words have torn down
Gives strength when my strength has failed
Reminds me that nothing is too hard for God
Helps me to close my mouth and allows God to do the explaining
God’s word tells me to mix in thanksgiving with my praying. When I begin to thank Him, I am reminded of all He has done in the past. This builds my faith and creates an expectation for what He will do in the future. Thanksgiving chases worry away and welcomes in the peace of God, one that will guard my heart and mind.
Worry too much? Today I invite you to join me in changing those thoughts to prayer and get ready to be overwhelmed with God’s peace.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.