I am a worrier by nature; I remember being very young, and very worried about things. Like most worriers, I also tend to internalize my concerns and the emotions that go along with them, which only serves to make things that much worse. We talked in our Care Group on Sunday night about a possible cause and effect that happens when we fully trust God. We were specifically discussing Matthew 6:33-34:
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
If we really seek God's kingdom and his righteousness first, what can we possibly have to worry about? We know that God is fully aware of our situation, however complicated or frightening it might seem. We also know - we know, deep down - that He is in control. No matter what happens, even if the worst things we can imagine actually happen, God is still in control. It will all work out how He has planned it in the end.
I came across a verse recently that really clicked for me. I'm sure I've read it a hundred times, but now it just jumps out at me. I've made it my theme for this blog, to share with you and to remind myself that God is in charge. In this verse, Jesus is talking to his disciples about things that would soon take place - his arrest, crucifixion, resurrection, and return to heaven. The disciples didn't understand what he was talking about, and they began to get restless and worried. John 16:33:
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."Take heart! Our God has overcome the world. What more do you need to know than that?