I was talking to one of my good friends today about how we allow worry to debilitate us. One worrying, doubtful thought can cause your whole day to be ruined. Then days turn into weeks and weeks to (skipping ahead) years. We were both saying how we’ve held on to the same stress and worry for too long and how it’s hard to let go.
Worrying stems from wanting to be in control. I can admit, I’m not a fan of surprises and prefer to be in-the-know about everything. So at times I worry about the unknown. It could be worrying about a relationship, a job, a test, finances, etc. Most of the time the outcomes are out of our control; people’s feelings can change, the economy could flop, your teacher could decide to test the one segment you didn’t study.
God has already pre-determined our lives and in the bible He says the plans he has for us ‘will prosper and not harm and give hope and a future’ (Jerimiah 29:11). There is nothing to worry about because the God of the universe has promised us that his plan is not to harm us. When we try to control every aspect of our lives we are carrying a load that was not in His plan for us. What we need to do is fully surrender to His Plan and trust in Him.
Even if it means crying out to Him every night until you get your breakthrough, do it. I love the scripture below (Hebrews 5:7-10) because it tells us that Jesus prayed fervently to God and He was heard because of His submission. Waait and it says ‘He learned obedience from his suffering.’ Pump the brakes hun, what you are going through is preparing you for greater. Why don’t we submit everything we are trying to control over to God? I challenge you today to start praying every time worry or doubt try to creep into your mind! See how God answers you and gives you peace.
7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 5: 7-10