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Can I admit something? I have a hard time staying calm in life and my trust in the Lord wavers. Something is always on the horizon threatening to usurp my plans. I’m a Christian too, did you just gasp? I know, I’m not supposed to feel threatened, anxious or unsettled.
When you have an anxiety disorder, your mind is always wondering “what if?” The hamster in the wheel, yep, that’s my brain. Asking an anxious person to stay calm is an oxymoron.
I’ve tried numerous times, to give it to God. I try to envision myself laying my worries at the foot of the cross and walking away. Or I imagine putting my worries into a garbage bag, tying it up in double knots, and setting it in our garbage can in the garage.
I do fine for about 30 seconds, and then I go retrieve these thoughts. What am I doing wrong?
I must be the most “unchristian” person there is.
I’ve made myself weary in this process of letting go and picking up. An inconsistent fighter is what I’ve been, instead of allowing God to fight and trusting in Him.
What the Israelites Teach Me
Then I remember the Israelites. Time and time again, God came through for them, and yet, the next obstacle that stood in their way created worry. Can you envision them?
Leaving it to God to conquer, but then becoming overcome with worry and trying to fight in their own strength. We see it again and again through the pages of the Old Testament.
We want to tell them to “remember what God did in the past, why are you acting so dense?”
Don’t we want to turn to the last page of the Old Testament and see that they finally got it right?
Can I share something? They didn’t, they continued to worry, try to fight in their own strength and never truly trust God. However, each obstacle was a stepping stone to greater trust.
Isn’t that what our lives are made up of? Stepping stones to greater trust in God, complete surrender to His will and plans and the release of worry for this trust?
14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.
What is your Struggle Teaching you?
How about you, are you struggling with something right now? Do you feel frustrated as you battle this day in and day out?
I beg you to look differently at your struggle. Might God be teaching you to trust in Him like you haven’t before? To stop your fighting and instead trust things will work out.
Here’s what I’ve missed, I thought I had to totally let go and do nothing, but in reality, I needed to stop trying to figure everything out by myself. I need to do what God asks me, trust my Heavenly Father, know He has my life in His hands, and allow Him to lead me.
Why was I anxious? I thought everything depended on me. I held all control, but really, God was the one always in the driver’s seat.
Isn’t this what struggles do? They cause us to realize we were never in control. The daily battles, the health battles, the parenting or marriage battles, all show us we need to be dependent on God. We don’t have to struggle alone, but rather trust that He is with us.
God’s hands are big enough to hold us through everything.
Through these hard times can we grow in greater trust and surrender.
4 Ways to Grow in Trust of God
- Spend time in His word.
- Through daily prayer.
- Ask Him to know Him deeper.
- Be calm, stop fighting in our own strength and trust God’s help.
The key to being calm and allowing God to fight for us is getting to know God better, stop striving and doing life in our strength, but instead, find the time to spend with Him and trust in His leading on life’s journey.
Our life mission is to trust God more and do His will. We will never fulfill those assignments when we aren’t willing to grow in trust or surrender to His will.
My anxiety has been a huge blessing because it caused me to become more dependent on God. When I have anxious days, I am ultra-focused on needing to fill myself with Him more than anything else on earth.
It is possible to be calm and grow in trust even in the midst of anxiety.