Let go, and let God… | Faith
by The Press and Standard | August 19, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: August 15, 2018 at 9:22 am
I have always been told that if you are going to pray, don’t worry; if you are going to worry, then don’t pray.
For a long time, I worried about every little thing. As my relationship with Christ began to grow, my habit of worrying lessened. When you worry, it is the flesh in you that leads you to agonize about things beyond your control. Worrying causes both emotional and physical problems. Consequently, you tend to lose sleep at night, do not eat properly, become withdrawn or blame yourself or someone else for the issue that is causing the worry, thus leading to health ailments.
Now, you are really in a pickle because the focus on worrying has become so paramount that it ultimately turns you away from God. He does not want His people to fall prey to worry, for He said in Proverbs 12:25 (ESV), “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”
The overall point is that God wants us to be happy, not burdened by unnecessary cares. Therefore, let go, and let God.
Even though some Facebook postings are controversial, evil, and in very poor taste, there are many that are encouraging and offer some awesome words of inspiration. One of the most recent ones that I came across is “Five Things You Need to Stop Worrying About” by Erika Fox. As I list each one, I will give my take on it based on my experiences and God’s word.
n People Not Liking You or What You Do: No matter what, there is always going to be someone who does not like you or what you do. You cannot control what people think; however, you most definitely are in control of what you think. Remember the twins, envy and jealousy, run rampant and will always be out there.
It is a good thing to establish a good reputation and keep it, but don’t spend time worrying that others will not like you. In other words, stop being a man-pleaser, and focus on your standing with the ultimate judge, Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 2:4 (ESV) says, “But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.”
n The End Result: If you don’t have dreams, desires, and goals, you will go through life never knowing your real purpose for being here. Once you have set your goals, do not fret over how you are going to reach them. Plan and strategize with God at the wheel. He will guide and direct you.
God works 365 days, 52 weeks and 12 months out of the year, but He is also awake 24 hours a day. Therefore, He will take care of what needs to be done to help you reach your goals. Worrying about your end result will get you nowhere.
Matthew 6:33-34 (ESV) affirms, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Bottom line-God is in control!
n What Other People Are Doing: That is not your business! Take six months to mind your own business and six months to leave other people’s business alone. Therefore, you will have no time or room in your life to worry about the affairs of others. That is too much wasted energy.
When you worry about others, what you are doing is comparing your life to theirs and missing golden opportunities to plot your own path. Dramatist, author, and poet Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Sounds like some great advice to me!
n The Past/Mistakes: Your past, or any mistakes you have made, should always serve as a learning opportunity to move on, not something to brood over. Living in the past will only hold you at a standstill from making progress. Whatever mistakes you made cannot be undone; just don’t continue to make them over and over because then they will become habits. Soon, they will become who you really are.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose,” Romans 8:28 (ESV). Therefore, move on and stop looking back.
n The Small Stuff: Worrying about little, petty things will do nothing more than create aggravation. Why worry about what you are going to prepare for dinner? Why spend time agonizing about what you are going to wear to work tomorrow? Why brood over which movie are you going to watch tonight? Channel that time and energy where it can be most useful. God said He would supply our needs, so why fret?
“For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world,” I Timothy 6:7 (ESV). Consequently, let the small stuff stay where it belongs-out of your memory bank!
Worrying is not going to solve your problems or make things better for you. Pray and turn them over to God. He will make everything all right at the appropriate time. Move flesh out of the way, and let the Spirit abound.
In other words, let go, and let God!
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)