“…there’s no risk of failure with God. So why would I let worry paralyze me…” Psalm 62:2 The Passion Translation
Failure is one of the things that we try to avoid at all cost. I have yet to meet a person who gladly says, “Woohoo, let’s go fall flat on our faces!” All of us want to be victorious, a winner, an overcomer, we don’t want to be a failure.
So we worry. We worry about our kids, our marriage, our relationships, our job, finances, others opinions, our health, our self-image and what the future holds, all because we don’t want to be a failure. Or, is it because we don’t want there to be a chance for anyone to see us fail?
Webster’s online dictionary defines worry as: to think about problems or fears, to feel or show fear and concern because you think something bad has happened or could happen. But the full definition says, worry: choke, strangle, to harass by tearing, biting or snapping especially at the throat, to disturb something repeatedly, to afflict with mental distress or agitation.
When I think about worry and how it makes me feel “choke and strangle” seem to accurately describe worry’s effects on me. Worrying not only stresses and paralyzes us, but it kills us! It sucks the life right out of us and it’s not from God!
Psalms 62:2 says there’s no risk of failure with God. So why are we still worrying?
Are we worrying because we don’t trust God and His plans, or because we’re not walking with Him?
I have been guilty of not trusting God’s plans for my life, and I have also be guilty of forsaking His plans and trying to walk out my own plans. Guess what, in each of those cases, I failed. Even still, God in His goodness and patience, picked me up, dusted me off and set my feet back on the path He planned for me because I am one of His children. He is a good Father.
I don’t have a special 12 step process on how to overcome worry, but the thing I do know is that if you want to conquer worry, then your first step has to be trust. Trust is a conscious decision to believe that God is reliable, good, honest and His ways are effective. If you don’t even know how to step towards trust then pray for God to be your trust. Let Holy Spirit provide you with the trust God has for you.
I don’t know what you are worrying about today, what situations you are trying to control. I don’t know what struggles or insecurities you have. But I do know, that God is mindful of you, He has not forgotten about you. His plans and ways are the best, He keeps His promises, He can be trusted, He is faithful, He is good, and if you fall, it is not the end of the world, He will pick you up! He’s got this!