Devotional | Worry : The Great Divider
“Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV)
We worry about endless things.
Will there be enough? Will I get by? Will the weather be good? Will I be safe? Will my children be safe? Will my health hold? Am I enough? Do I have what it takes? Will God come through for me? Will my future be secure? And so on, and so on and so on.
Can we control the outcome of any of these things? Ultimately no. Will worry change the outcome in any way? Absolutely not.
Worry is a dangerous occupation. The word itself comes from two Greek words, which translated mean to “divide the mind.” Worry takes our focus off the “one thing” we are meant to gaze upon and onto the wrong things.
When Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and onto the waves – what happened? He began to sink. It was only by focusing on Jesus that he was enabled to do the impossible – walk on the water in the midst of the storm.
I don’t know about you, but I too want to walk on the water through the storm. As I blaze through the storms of life, which are numerous, I don’t want to take my eyes off of Jesus, my healer, my shield, my provider and my comforter.
When I focus on the “what ifs,” I simply lose my trust in Him and this is what will cause me to sink in despair. But thankfully, Jesus, my Savior, is forever present, always near, waiting with outstretched arm to lift me up out of the deep and walk with me through and above the storm.
Yes, the storm is most likely still there. Things may still go wrong. Difficulties may continue to come. Tragedies may still happen, but I am at peace because Jesus is walking with me, holding my hand. He never gives me more than I can handle, always bringing me comfort, assurance and hope.
So, instead of worrying my silly little head, with His help, I am going to take His hand and hold on tight, knowing that with His help, I am going to walk on water!