Using Wisdom Against Worry

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I woke up worried today.

Instead of starting my day with panic, I turned to Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

These verses are packed with wisdom we can use against worry.

1) Trust is the opposite of worry. When we start to feel worried, we can see it as a call to verbalize our trust in God.

2) God knows things we don’t know. So, we can trust His perspective instead of our own understanding.

3) God will make our path straight. But we have to make sure He has our full trust and obedience.

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Trusting the Hands of God

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I can struggle with trusting God when I’ve been deeply hurt by circumstances that I don’t understand.

That’s what happened when the man I thought I was going to marry told me he met someone else. It’s what happened when I didn’t get the job I was so certain was going to be the answer to all my financial problems.

In both of these situations, I eventually had to make a choice. I could either be consumed with my unmet longing or trust that the plans of God were good even when they didn’t feel good right now.

I had to give up my plans so I could walk in God’s better plan.

Not give up as in being defeated, but giving up as in placing this desire in the hands of God and saying, “Either way, I will see Your answer as the good answer, and I’ll walk in trust.”

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The Wander Years

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In Deuteronomy 29:5, the Lord reminds Israel that during their wilderness wandering years, their clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on their feet.

Through 40 years of desert walking and wilderness travel, God sustained Israel. Every one of their needs was met from the shade on their heads to the soles on their sandals. This wasn’t a happy coincidence. God did it. His people lacked nothing.

Maybe you know what it’s like to wander and wait through extreme circumstances in your own wilderness place. But the message of Deuteronomy 29 is clear. You may be exhausted, but you are not abandoned.

If we wait with our eyes fixed on Him, we may feel worn out, but His provision never runs out.

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Grace Instead of Judgement

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How differently might our lives be if we didn’t have to fear the harsh criticisms?

Maybe we’d be willing to step out bolder for Jesus, be more vulnerable or live our lives less guarded.

Jesus made it very clear that he didn’t come to this world to bring condemnation. He never even condemned the worst sinners. He leveled his harshest criticisms against those sinners who cast judgments against others.

There is absolutely a place to speak the truth in love. But watching people sling unforgiving words of judgment at each other must absolutely break God’s heart.

I’m asking the Lord to rearrange my thoughts to be in alignment with His, to recognize areas in my own life that could use some work, and to help me extend grace to others … because I so desperately need it myself.

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First Place Affections

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Have you ever tried to make a deal with God?

Thirty years ago, my Dad was getting ready to graduate from seminary. My parents were thinking and praying about what God might want them to do after graduation.

Mom said that one afternoon during her prayer time, she was telling the Lord that she would follow Him anywhere, even the mission field, once her parents were gone. She said she remembers God’s gentle reminder, “Be careful Bonnie. I can make that happen.”

Sometimes the deals we try to make with God reveal what has first place of our affections. Mom said in that instance she realized that God had the right to ask anything of her. And in that moment, she said, “yes,” turning her and her aging parents’ futures to His capable hands.

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Honoring God With Our Actions

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I came across a quote one day that really challenged me. It said, “Who you are speaks so loudly, I can barely hear what you’re saying.”

Actions really do speak louder than words. This quote made me think about who I say I am as I’m driving in traffic, waiting on a slow sales clerk, deciding to return a shopping cart to the store or leave it hoisted up on a curb in the parking lot.

Sometimes, it’s easy to say the right things but harder to live them out. So, today I’m going to think about my actions more – especially when my schedule gets tight, my energy runs low and my temper gets triggered.

I think I’ll pray and ask God to give me the courage to make the kinds of choices that honor who He’s made me to be.

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Pleasure in Purpose

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One of my favorite movie quotes of all time comes from the 1981 film, “Chariots of Fire.”

The film tells the story of the 1924 Olympic competition for British track and field athlete, Eric Liddell. In the film, Eric says “When I run, I feel God’s pleasure.”

What a simple and succinct way to explain how we discover God’s purpose for our lives!

What are you made for? When have you been doing something and thought, “I was made for this!”? That thing, that gift, that responsibility, that call is meant to be used by you to bring glory to God. And that is the purpose of every believer.

God’s purpose is for us to experience His pleasure, and God’s pleasure is our purpose.

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God is the Faithful One

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Are you in the midst of overwhelming circumstances?

I love the encouragement God offers us in Hebrews 10:23: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”

First, God tells us we need to hold on to His hope. We don’t have to feel or understand the hope. We just have to hold on to Him and His love.

Then, we need to profess His promises over our problems. Every problem we have can be made less painful by declaring a promise over it.

And finally, God reminds us that He carries the weight of making sure His promises are fulfilled. Not us. He is the faithful one. He is the sure one. What a powerful truth to help us keep going.

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But God

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Is it possible the most powerful phrase in Scripture is just two words?

But God …

This supremely powerful phrase is found 66 times in the Bible. Over and over in Scripture, a situation seems hopeless until two words change everything.

Genesis 8 says, “But God remembered Noah.”

Joseph says to His brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.”

In Acts 3:15, Peter charges, “You killed the author of life, but God raised Him from the dead.”

What is your place of impossibility? Your situation may feel hopeless, but God has not forgotten you.

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A Certainty Above Every Circumstance

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Have you ever found yourself wondering, “How can a good God let this happen?”

When something happens in my life that catches me off guard with pain and hurt, it’s hard to see that it could be part of a bigger plan to bring about something good. I want comfort. I want relief. I want the hardship to go away.

Have you ever been there? It can be so tempting to look at the hardships of life through the lens of disillusionment and disappointment, but there is another lens we can use … Love.

No matter what happens, I want to stand on the truth that God deeply loves me. His love is a certainty above every circumstance.

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