For the last few weeks, we’ve been thinking about the relationship between faith and worry. I remember a few years ago I was driving a family member to the airport. On the journey, we just chatted about nothing in particular. Although I was battling worry about some key decisions and important relationships at that time, I did not bring it up. As we hugged goodbye and they stepped forward towards the security checkpoint, my family member turned to me and softly said, “Glyn, don’t stress the small stuff.”
That was a word for me directly from God. As I drove home, I knew it was what I needed not only to hear, but also meditate on. But saying to a person who battles worry, “Don’t worry!” is a bit like saying to a child with a broken arm, “Don’t cry.” Worrying comes naturally to our human hearts, doesn’t it? I know worry comes very naturally to me.
Following on from last week’s Spot of Grace, let's continue to think about how trust impacts the relationship between faith and worry. Remember those verses I shared with you last week that were given to me at my baptism? They are found in Psalm 37:4-5.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
When we are tempted to worry, we can express our faith by remembering who God is and what He is able to do. Trust is the opposite of worry. I can’t trust and worry at the same time. Let me remind you of some other verses I’ve referenced before. These are my favorite verses in the whole of the Scriptures on the subject of worry:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
The object of our focus reveals, ultimately, who we trust. The next time you feel worry growing, I encourage you to practice expressing your faith by saying, “Even in the midst of great worry and fear I choose to trust.”
Who are you trusting? Worry says, “I am trusting in myself”. Trust says, “I am trusting in King Jesus, my Savior”. By choosing to trust, you are remembering that God is superintending your life. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving. He desires for you to know the peace that He alone can bring. He did not create you to live the Christian life separate from Him. He created you to be dependent on Him. A struggle with worry is a reminder of the weakness in your soul that calls you to lean on Him and to remember that He is able. He is always able.