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.