Mornings are not one of my favorite times but they are growing on me. I often work nights so I like the morning to sleep in and make sure that I get enough sleep to ensure my health is good for another day. But yesterday morning, I was awakened by my four-year-old son. He told me that the sun was up and it was time to get started on the day. I hesitantly got up as it was very early in the morning. Then I went about our morning routine and headed downstairs.
I decided to try something that a fellow blogger had suggested of not touching social media but instead soaking in the Word of God before I started my day. So I grabbed my cup of tea which is usually coffee but we were out. (the horror) and got alone with Jesus.
I started to worry about all the things the day would bring. Do you ever do that? Do you ever sit there and wonder what the day will bring to you? As I sat on my couch wondering about all these things from my past. The Lord told me to leave it at the cross. Then suddenly as I turned the pages of my Bible this verse was popping off the page. “My grace is all you need my power works best in weakness. 2 Corthianians 12:9
Think about that verse for a minute – Paul is speaking to the church in Corinth. He is telling them about how he has faced this issue of a thorn in his side. He talks about how he had received such wonderful revelations from the Lord. To keep him from becoming proud he was given a thorn in his flesh.
Do you have a thorn in your flesh? Maybe it’s not an actual thorn but it’s a hang up you have, an issue that you need to give to the Lord, something that you deal with such a health ailment. I love how Paul handles this and he says, “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “my grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
So what are three ways to stop worrying…
- Identify the worry – for me it was financial.
- Replace that worry with a truth from God’s word. For finances it was : “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
- That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you will have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than foo,d, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
- Remember a time when God was faithful in that situation. For me, God provided me a job when I didn’t have one. He helped I have learned when I start to worry to just stop and take that thought captive. I have learned in my weakness of worry that Jesus is strong. I go back to what I know time and time again…God is faithful.
Whatever your weakness is today, know that Jesus is strong and He wants to work in you and through you. Give your cares and worries to the Lord. Surrender everything you have to him today.
Have a fantastic Wednesday!!