I think we all go through life wishing we weren’t so afraid or didn’t have so many things to worry about. We get anxious about deciding what school to go to, anxious about whether or not we will find a good job, who we will marry, and any number of other little things throughout our daily lives.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6-7
God tells us not to worry about tomorrow or anything we might need (Matthew 6:25-27). For me, that is difficult to do, especially when it comes to my future. I like to have a plan and know where I’m going, but I can’t know what my future looks like. I don’t know what job I will have, if I should choose a career and which one I would choose, who I’ll marry, or where I’ll live. I often wish there was some sort of one-size-fits-all formula to follow.
But then I read this from When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy*:
“God cares too much about us to settle for a formula. He wants us to lean on Him for guidance and direction.” — Leslie Ludy, When God Writes Your Love Story
Leslie was talking about relationships here, but the way Leslie put it finally answered my question for why there is no formula for any part of my life. It finally made sense to me. If there was a formula, there would be no unknowns and no fear. That might sound great at first, but then there would be no reason for God. Why would I need to trust in an all-knowing God if I already knew everything?
Even though Leslie was talking specifically about relationships, I believe the same could be said about any area of our lives. God loves us too much to give us the same formula for life He gives to every other person. He desires us to trust Him too much to tell us everything.
Fear. Worries. Anxiousness. They are all reminders that we need to trust God with every area of our lives. Reminders that without Him, we can do nothing.
Yes, it can be extremely frustrating when we can’t see what our future holds. Yes, it can be terrifying and feel like we are walking blind, but God promises to take care of us. He can see everything, and He can lead us through life even when we can’t see right in front of us.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. — Proverbs 3:5-6
So the next time you’re afraid, anxious, or worried, remember to put your trust in God. Ask Him for strength to trust and follow Him. Ask Him for patience. It won’t be easy, but by God’s grace, He will give you patience and teach you how to trust Him.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. — Psalm 56:3
Your sister in Christ,
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