There’s a television advertisement here in America that shows a dog worrying about his bone. He’s so worried that he can’t sleep. He tries burying it in the backyard, but still worries. Then he takes it to the bank to a safety deposit box and still can’t sleep. He takes it home and gets insurance, then he can stop worrying. Its a picture of what we do!
The most difficult thing in the world is to not worry. Even well known Christians, in their desire to “teach” us what is to come, tend to cause the vast majority to worry. They go over and over again on the negative things until our faith is shaken rather than helped. We watch the evening news and for many, it causes anxiety. Some people have literally stopped watching the news or praying for others because the needs overwhelm them. Here is your word for the day: Let Jesus carry things–don’t worry! He is your insurance policy!
Having a light heart in the midst of whatever happens can only happen when we pray out of trust and faith instead of fear and worry. Here is the point:: does God hear us when we pray? Does He answer? If He hears us, then He answers, because it is who He is–He lives in us! He can’t ignore us because He loves us. He lives here–we’re His house! Of course He wants us to be a place of peace and safety.
If we truly believe in and have a relationship with Jesus, then we know that He listens even when we can’t speak. He knows that our future is good, even when the world is smothered in deep darkness (Isaiah 60). Even when circumstances surround us that seem hopeless, there is no greater Helper than God. All things work together for good for us (Romans 8:28).
If we know that God is listening, if we believe that He hears, then we have no reason to worry. We can move forward with joy because we know the Kind of kings personally, and He’s made the way for us. Even crucifixion, which looked like a disaster, was a triumph for us all. We are destined for victory, no matter what it looks like in the natural.