January 16 2018 – Click here to listen
I spent the night tossing and turning and worrying about something that I have absolutely no control over. Isn’t it silly to do such a thing? I woke up this morning still worried about it. Whatever will be, will be in this situation and there is absolutely nothing that I can do to change the situation. Some may say that I should pray to receive what I want. I have prayed but my prayer is for God’s will to be done, not my own. In all honesty I’m worried because God’s will may not coincide with mine in this situation, and I will not get the result that I desire.
Jesus said it is a sin to worry. Why? Because of situations like mine. We should put our complete trust in Him. Worry is evidence that we do not completely trust God to do the right thing for us. His plan for our lives will unfold just as He ordains and He will always do what is best for His beloved children. If I do not receive the desired result in my current situation, then I should just accept it, (cheerfully, and not grudgingly), and move on, knowing that God has all of my best interests at heart. I do believe that God wants us to do everything within our own power to achieve a desired end. However, once that has occurred, the outcome is left up to him. I do not believe for example that you should just pray about an illness and not go to the doctor. God has put excellent medical resources at our disposal and we should take advantage of them. Once that is done however, the rest is up to Him. The same holds true with trying to win a promotion at work, or obtain a job, or secure a big contract. We should work hard and do everything we can to achieve our goals, but after having done our best, if we do not obtain our goal, then we have to believe that it really was not in our best interest and move on. In short we should do our best and leave the rest to God.
Sounds good on paper, but oh how I want to obtain my desired results. The Bible teaches that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. My lack of faith and trust in God for everything in my life, (worry), comes directly from satan. Worry is sin; Jesus Himself said so. I have decided that prayer is the right answer in my current situation. Not prayer for God to give me what I want, but prayer that God will give me the necessary strength to defeat satan in this current battle with worry. In short I do not want to even think about it, much less worry that it will not unfold exactly the way that I want it to, and that is exactly what I am going to pray for. Prayer is certainly the answer, but it is all in knowing what to pray for in situations like mine. I pray that the will of God be manifested in my life, knowing that the will of God for my life is not worry.
1 John 2:16-17
For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life – is not of the Father but of the world.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it;
but he who does the will of God abides forever.