If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:30 (NIV)
Why do you worry? Why do I worry about what? You name it, you worry about everything. You worry about the past, you can’t change. You worry about the present, you can’t control. You worry about the future, you can’t predict. You worry about your safety and security. You worry about your duties and responsibilities. You worry about fulfilling my purposes and accomplishing my plans. You worry that you might be overwhelmed. You worry that you might be inadequate. You worry that you might lose control. You worry that you might miss out. Do you want me to go on? No, I think you could continue all day listing all my worries. That’s right. You even worry that you are worrying too much. Yes, I do. Yes, you do what? Yes, I worry about my worry. Yes, I worry too much. That’s true.
How can I stop worrying? Now, that is a good question. There is one thing for certain. What’s that? You can’t stop worrying by deciding to stop worrying. I know that’s true. Why is that? I’ve tried that method many times before, it does not work. What does work? Do you really want to stop worrying? You need to be certain that you want to stop worrying. Who doesn’t want to stop worrying? You would be surprised. Many people do not want to stop worrying. Why is that? Believe it or not, some people think that they are more in control of a situation if they can worry about it. They must think that all their worrying will solve whatever is the subject of their worries. That sounds like the voice of experience. Unfortunately, it is. But, I am certain that I would like to stop worrying. Good, that is a great place to start. How can I move on from that desire to starting to stop worrying? You must begin to start trusting me. When you are worrying, who are you trusting? When I am worrying, I am trusting myself. That’s right. As long as you are placing your trust in yourself you will never be able to stop worrying. Do you know why that is? Trusting myself, means I think that I am in control. Are you in control? No, I am not in control. You are in control. What do I control? What is outside of my control? What can I not accomplish? What can I not do? Everything is under your control. There is nothing you cannot accomplish. There is nothing you cannot do. Am I trustworthy? Am I ready and willing and able to help you? Will I hear and answer your prayers? Will I come to your aid? Will I be with you to help you with what you need? Yes, you are trustworthy. Yes, you are ready, willing and able to hear and answer my prayers. You will come to my aid and help me with what I need. Will you stop trusting yourself and start trusting me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I have been a constant worrier. I have thought by working harder and worrying more I could meet all my own needs. Forgive me. I know it is your delight to hear my prayers and meet my needs. I will bring them all to you. Amen
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