“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)
You have a choice to make. What are my options? You can choose to rely on yourself. You can struggle and strive to solve all your troubles. You can attempt to work through every detail of all your difficulties. You can consider every possibility in each of your problems. You can try to tough it out, on your own, in every one of your trials and tribulations. You can live a life filled full with worry and anxiety over real and imagined troubles, difficulties, and problems. How is all this sounding to you so far? Not good. I have gone this route. I have walked this path. I have relied on myself. I have worried about every conceivable real and imaginary problem. I have experienced stress. I have lived with worry. I am tired. I am worn out. I am ready to give up. I want none of this kind of life, not now, not anymore.
Then you are ready for your second option. What’s that? You can choose to rely on me. You can ask for my help. You can trust that I will hear your prayers. You can believe that I will meet your needs. You can turn every one of your worries into a prayer to me. Imagine that. If you turned every one of your worries into a prayer to me, you would become quite a prayer. We would have an ongoing never ending prayer filled conversation with each other. I would like to become quite a prayer. I would like to live my life in a constant dialogue of prayer with you. Then we both want the same thing.
How will you know if you are relying on yourself or trusting me? If I am living a life filled with worry I will know that I am trusting in myself. If I am living a life filled with prayer I will know that I am trusting in you. If I am praying instead of worrying I will do what you and I both want. That’s right. Will you turn every one of your worries into a prayer to me? Yes, Lord, I will. Then you will have nothing to worry about because you will be trusting in me.
Lord, you are worthy of all my confidence and trust. In the heat of difficulty, I will rely completely on you. You have always been with me. There is nothing that you have not brought me through. So, I will not fear as I hold on to you through the difficulties of life. Amen
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