“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” — Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
Life is full of unknowns and question marks. It can be easy to fall into worry and even fear about the future or our circumstances. We don’t have to be stuck in the cycle of fear, we can learn to trust God and give him the unknowns in our lives.
Does this mean we will be perfect at it? No. Does this mean all the worries in our lives will leave? Definitely not. But it does mean that in the midst of times of struggles, hardship, waiting or just straight up confusion, we can come to him and offer our fear and worries to him and he is faithful to hear us.
In This Weekly Devotional:
Trusting an All-Knowing God
“This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.” — 1 John 3:19-20 NIV
God is omniscient or all-knowing. He has knowledge on the past, present and future. He knows more about the world and us then we ever could. We may be afraid of the unknowns and the uncertainties. However, to God they are known.
Worry and fear about these things may come but we can hand them over to God. We can open our heart and hands and let go. He is good and he is in control. We may never fully understand, but that’s okay because he does and he knows our future.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “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,” (NIV). Our understanding is limited, our knowledge is incomplete. His is not and when we trust in him, we can have peace in the path before us.
Giving It to God: One Day at a Time
“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” — Matthew 6:34 NIV
For some of us, giving God our worries and struggles can be difficult. If that is the case, we can let him know and bring our hesitation and fear to him in prayer. This doesn’t mean we will instantly see results or automatically be able to give up our worries, but it does mean that we have him to listen to us.
We don’t have to take the unknowns and worries at all once, we can take each day one at a time. Trusting and giving him each one, minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day.
Moving Past Fear
“The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?” — Psalm 27:1 NIV
So, how do we move past fear as Christians? Sometimes in life it is not about moving past the fear or worries or anxiety, but rather learning to live and trust in the midst of fear.
No matter how hard we try or how much we want it, we cannot magically take away all of our worries. Life is full of ups and downs and unknowns. However, we can learn how to approach them in a way that honors God and aligns with his word.
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Approved by the local outreach coordinator of the Office of Spiritual Life on June 1, 2023.
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