The Source of Worry

For most, it seems that worry is something that just happens. Something goes wrong. There are circumstances that we are unable to handle; stress levels climb and we feel helpless. Questions arise. What if, what can I do, what help is available, why am I going through this? Questions like these, with no obvious answers, create fear and worry. Fear feeds worry and worry adds to fear. What is the source of all this? There are things that you and I can’t control. This is where trust comes into play. We have problems that are beyond us and for which there is no help. Except God! Then there follows, far too often, the exclamation, “I prayed and God didn’t respond to what I prayed!” Do you see the pride in that? We want God to do what we prayed for because we know what He should do. We really want God to be there to meet our every desire. For example: God didn’t spare a loved one, so I don’t want anymore to do with Him. There isn’t one thing that God does or does not do that is not right. Not one! Trust means that no matter what happens God has a perfect and right reason for His responses. God doesn’t have to vindicate Himself to us! We may discover somewhere in the immediate or distant future His reasons, or we may not know until eternity reveals the reasons. Sooner or later, they will prove right! We need to choose to trust ourselves that we know what is best or to trust God who does know best. How many times have you and I been wrong? Often! How many times has God been wrong? Not once! If we choose to trust Him; truly trust Him, we can experience release from fear and worry. We may hurt, feel sorrow and grief, not know which way to turn or how to handle our problem. We will, however, have someone who will guide us through and comfort us, sustain us and love us. Eventually, we will find out that He knew best. Therefore, “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee.” (From Psalm 55:22). Frank E. Graeff’s hymn, “Does Jesus Care,” asks and answers this question. This is what he wrote; “Does Jesus care when my heart is pained too deeply for mirth and song–as the burdens press, and the cares distress, and the way grows dreary and long? O yes, He cares–I know He cares! His heart is touched with my grief; when the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares.” Selah! He hurts with us but He will still do what is right. If we belong to Him, no matter what He causes or allows, we will see that He did all things well!   Ron

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