“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 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.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
I feel like my devotionals have been a little redundant lately, mostly focused on not worrying about the future and trusting God. So I asked myself, why? Is God trying to tell me something?
I’ve been following Sarah Young’s book of daily devotionals, Jesus Calling, and many of her daily messages over the last 15 days have talked about not letting the future scare us. It only seems befitting that God would place this on my heart now. I’ve had so much time on my hands lately that it’s left the door for worrying wide open. Spending time with these devotionals has brought to my attention just how much and how often I worry about the future.
Sarah calls the future “a phantom” seeking to spook us. And she’s absolutely right. God doesn’t want me to worry about the future because he’s already worked out all the details. He only wants me to keep my eyes on him and on the day laid out before me, placing all my trust in him. Instead of worrying about all the unknowns, all the lose strings, I should rest in excitement and anticipation for everything God has in store for me!
“But when he saw the strong wind and waves, he was terrified and began to sink, ‘Save me Lord!’ he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. ‘You have so little faith,’ Jesus said. ‘Why do you doubt me?’.” (Matthew 14:30-32)
Although we start out with good intentions, sometimes our faith falters. We doubt that God can help us and change our circumstances, so we begin to sink. But even in this doubt, we must still look to him, for his assistance is unwavering, he is always there when we need him.
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” (Hebrews 12:2)
This brings to mind endurance. Endurance in faith.
Life with Jesus is not a race, but a marathon, a test and a trial. By always keeping our eyes on God we are provided with the strength and stamina to meet all of life’s challenges. To look life straight in the eye with no fear because we know Christ has already won.
As humans we have a tendency to make our problems seem much bigger than they really are, like “treacherous-looking waves in the distance.” We think to ourselves, “That wave looks huge! Its going to swallow me whole!” Then by the time the wave actually hits, it rolls over us gently and we walk away virtually unscathed.
I’ve experienced this a countless number of times its difficult to come up with only one example. So often I think to myself, how can this possibly work out? Or, there is no way I can do that. Then I get through it and laugh at myself for being so scared. Ha! Move to Germany, teach English, live with Tommi, and drive a Vespa-yeah right! But I’m doing it. Finish my degree, make the Dean’s List and the Alpha Chi National College Honors Society all while maintaining a 4.0 gpa-in my dreams! But I’m living it. And its all thanks to God.
It’s been almost three years since I hit my knees and prayed that God would change my life, and he delivered, beyond my wildest dreams did he deliver. I’ve been challenged more than I have in my entire life, but I’ve been equally blessed. God is good. Amen!!