Why Worry When ‘God’s Got This’?


When my friend sent me a text upon learning her husband was diagnosed with colon cancer, I was surprised — yet encouraged — by her reaction:

“God’s got this,” she said confidently.

I want that type of unswerving trust in the One who can handle all things. And I know you do, too.

Last week I asked you what you worry most about so I could encourage you to trust God in those areas. Here is what you, my readers, said:

I worry that I don’t have any friends.

I worry about my unsaved family members.

I’m concerned about my husband’s mid-life crisis and the condition of our marriage.

I worry that God doesn’t really see me trying…or that He isn’t really going to help me.

I worry that I’m not growing spiritually.

First of all, I’m so glad God is intimately acquainted with all our ways and that He knows our thoughts (and concerns) before we even think them (Psalm 139:2). That assures me He is already working on the matters that concern us most.

I’m also glad God knew we would tend to worry so He had the Apostle Paul address our “anxious thoughts” in Philippians 4:6-7 :

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.   Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

So to apply that verse to your situation:

  • If you’re worried about not having friends… tell God about it, and thank Him that He already knows your situation. Ask His wisdom in leading you toward trusted friends and then rest in the peace that comes from trusting Him.
  • If you’re worried about unsaved family members... God desires their salvation even more than you do. So thank Him  that He is the One who draws all men to Himself, and then pray specifically for them, trusting God’s timing and methods — He may choose to reach them through you and He may not
  • If you’re worried about your marriage… remember that God’s heart breaks over broken marriages — not because He can’t fix them, but because we often give up before we allow Him the chance to restore it all.  He is the God of reconciliation, not the God of giving up. He is also the author of persevering love. Pray, dear friend, for your husband’s heart to soften toward the Lord and that, in the process,  you can love him  as God loves him.

Any time you find yourself in a situation you can’t do anything about (which is why we worry in the first place) trust that God is Who He says He is and He can work out that situation far better than you.

In my life, when I begin to worry that God hasn’t “done something yet,” I have to remind myself that He is who He says He is. He doesn’t need my help. He doesn’t need my stress. He desires my trust. When I acknowledge that that He is God and I am not and that His plan is always better than mine, that is when He gives me that peace that guards my heart and soul — as Philippians 6:7 talks about.

Next week I’ll address that very common concern: “I worry that I’m not growing enough, spiritually.” Until then, it’s not too late to add in the comment section below the things you tend to worry about most.

Cindi
About me

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 30 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.

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10 Comments

Brittany Reed
Reply September 30, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to address our concerns, and for your positive heart of encouragement. Have a blessed day Mrs. Cindi

    StrengthSoul
    Reply September 30, 2014

    Thank you, Brittany, for always being here to read and comment. You encourage my heart in that way, too. :) Blessings on your day, as well.

Rashida
Reply September 30, 2014

I worry most that I will not be blessed with a husband, and children of my own.

    StrengthSoul
    Reply September 30, 2014

    You are not alone in that concern, Rashida. I will address that in next week's blog. Stay tuned. And thank you for reading. :)

Crystal
Reply September 30, 2014

I worry about my future and how much longer it's going to take and what more i have to endure before my marriage is restored

    StrengthSoul
    Reply September 30, 2014

    Thanks for reading and leaving your comment, Crystal. Your marriage is in my prayers this week and I will try to address your concern next week, too.

Sam
Reply September 30, 2014

My name is Sam and I was recently fired from my job. I have no money coming in even though I am looking for work. It is possible I wont receive unemployment due to bad judgment on my part. I brought into a co-op and was let go a few days before I was supposed to take the place. I am now living off my savings, which I could go through fast, if I don't find another job or get unemployment soon. I am trying to trust that God will meet my financial needs even though I don't deserve it. Since losing my job, I see I made that job more important than anything especially God. I went through a divorce, my ex left me with very little. My children left too because he had more to offer than me. I worked 3 jobs to survive and finally got down to one and end up losing that one too. I have not been the Christian I should have been. I let the world infect me instead of affecting the world with Christ. I believe I am being chastened by God. I stand to lose everything if in His grace and mercy He doesn't intervene. I have asked His forgiveness and I have sought His mercy.

    StrengthSoul
    Reply September 30, 2014

    Sam: Thank you for sharing your story. And thank you for your honesty. As an encouragement to you, Sam, NONE of us deserves any blessings that we have. In fact, God doesn't bless us with jobs and other blessings because we deserve them, He blesses out of His love and goodness, which is not contingent upon our actions. What I'm trying to say is please remember Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." If we could receive His greatest gift -- the gift of His Son's death for our sins -- while we were still sinners, how much more will He bless and provide for His child, once she has repented and seeks Him with all her heart? I'm so grateful God's goodness is not based upon my good actions or removed from me when I make mistakes. Think of your own love for your children. No matter what they do, you want to see them prosper. You want to provide for them. You want them to know they are loved. God is an even better parent than any of us. So keep trusting Him. Honor Him with the first of what you have and I am certain He will honor you. He doesn't enable us to continue to make mistakes, but He is still good and is still a Father who knows how to give good gifts to His children. I'm praying for you, Sam.

Amber Paulsen
Reply October 1, 2014

Thanks Cindi for this post and for sharing some great truth about my worry for my unsaved family members. It helped me a lot to read your words of wisdom and I pray that it sinks in, and that I remember it. :) I spent some time in prayer and thanking God for His promises, His love for them, and remembering what Jesus did on the cross for them. You have so much godly wisdom and I'm so thankful for you and your writing.

    StrengthSoul
    Reply October 1, 2014

    Thanks, Amber. And I know one day your family members will be glad they had you praying for them. :)

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