By Jill Daniels
This morning I heard something on the radio.
We will never have to worry again. Wow. I stopped for a moment and thought to myself, where did that heart go? There are times when I’m slapped with reality in the face and God makes it really clear to me that I don’t need to worry or be anxious about anything in life. But never have I thought that I never have to worry again.
1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
It’s totally true. I worry because I fear. I fear because I’m afraid to fail--that I might be punished, or heck, punish myself. What it comes down to is that I don’t believe that God perfectly loves me. If I believed that his love is perfect and unconditional through any failure then I wouldn’t need to worry.
I wouldn’t have to worry ever again. And neither would you.
I always thought that the reason I was worried was because I wasn’t trusting God to make my situation a good one or to do the best for me. That might be what I was thinking, but really what I’m struggling with is the plain fact that I’m afraid to fail.
When I’m worrying, I think of every possible situation that could happen and how there really is only one way that things will work in my favor. So when God decides to take me down a different path I think it’s going to fail.
What I’m not believing in that moment is that if God is leading me, how could He be upset if I fail?
Ephesians 3:20-21 says, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
I may not know what God is doing, but He has my best in mind. In fact, He is doing way more than I could even ask for, or even think to ask for. I might feel like I’m going to fail, but God promises that He will be there and He will not let me down.
Psalm 121:3-8 says, “He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”
He has great things planned for us. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
I might not see how something is good in the moment, and I may worry about how I might fail, but God is always going to be there. He is always going to love me. I truly believe that when I start to internalize that He will never leave nor forsake me for anything I do, that I won’t have to worry ever again.
God, I pray that you would help me to be able to truly believe that you love me unconditionally. I pray that you would help me to internalize those beliefs and take them to heart in my every day actions. Help me Lord to not worry about trivial things in life and to know that no matter what happens I’ll be okay because the Creator of the universe and the King of Kings calls me his daughter. I love you so much.
Today, ask the Lord to reveal to you more deeply His steadfast love and faithfulness, as you seek to believe Him and walk in trust.
[This post first appeared on Radical Everyday Living, November 4, 2013.]