How many times have “anxious” thoughts robbed us of the enjoyment of today? How many worried days have we spent trying to control the uncontrollable? How many times do we expend all our energies and might to solve all the world issues only feel like a wrung-out washrag at the end of the day?
Worried thoughts have a way to compel us to look to ourselves for the answers that we can’t find. Believing that in and of ourselves we are the all end authority to all of life’s issues, at least this is what the human intellect would have us to believe. Rather, God exhorts us over and over to rely on Him. To come to Him in prayer and relinquish all of our cares, worries, and frustrations on Him because He cares for us.
The Lord knows what a heavy load humanity can carry. He has felt it in His own being. As a matter of fact, He carried it all to the cross so that we wouldn’t have to carry these burdens alone. Yet, when push comes to shove and trials and tribulations knock on our personal doors we feel a need to answer the call and find a remedy to our problems on our own. As a result, we struggle to find the answer to the question of why we can’t find peace in the midst of it all.
In actuality, the reason peace seems so evasive to many of us is because of our personal insistence on trying to do it on our own. We pick up the problems that we are going through with every intention of carrying them to the altar and leaving them with Jesus. Walking away from the altar of prayer, we pick those same problems back up feeling a need to control the outcome on our own. As if God can’t handle our specific needs. Our humanness gets in the way of His divineness. The limits we see on humanity are then applied to God and it gets in the way of His wonder-working power in our lives.
The way to obtain peace during these anxious moments is to give whatever is bothering us; whatever is burdening us over to the Lord and trust Him to give us His best in the situation. After all, when it came to the matter of saving us He already gave us His best, didn’t He? How much more difficult would it be then for Him to work out our everyday worries for us? I believe you would agree that the two can’t compare. So, if He was willing to do that for you and me, should we not then trust Him to do right by our anxious thoughts?
Would you rather place all of your problems in your own hands or in the hands of God? Let me ask you this, how have you been handling things on your own? How have your own efforts been working out for you so far? Maybe it’s time to try something new. Maybe it’s time for you to give God a shot at wrangling in the worrisome so that you can experience true peace. Let’s get rid of the anxious for something better.
Be blessed 🙂