The Old and New Testaments show us that nothing happens that is beyond the knowledge and control of our God. So the Scripture declare, “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). He is God Almighty (Psalm 66:7). He is the sovereign Lord of all.
When we worry, we are actually acknowledging the truth that in ourselves we are not adequate to meet the demands of life. We really are in over our heads. This is our moment to remind ourselves of some important truths about God.
- He is everywhere (Psalm 139:7-12; Jeremiah 23:23-24). We can’t get to a place where God is not. There is no place, no matter how alone we may feel, that God cannot be. He is everywhere!
- He knows everything (Job 7:20; Psalm 33:13-14). He knows how afraid we are and how bad we feel. The more worried we become, the more we act as if God were ignorant of our situation. We don’t know the future, but God does. He knows how everything is going to turn out.
- He is all-powerful (Genesis 17:1; 18:14; Matthew 19:26). Worriers feel that no one has the power to stop the bad things that might happen. Not even God, they think, can keep their daughter from getting pregnant or their son out of jail. But God has limitless power and His own wise and all-knowing reasons for what He allows into our lives. The answer to the question, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14) is no!
William Backus in The Good News About Worry wrote about his brother-in-law, an athlete who was in the hospital recovering fro angioplasty. The procedure was successful, but he remained in danger the next 24 hours. He was worried! As he lay there, he said, “I’m an athlete. I’ve always made my body do whatever I wanted and my body responded. But when I tell myself I must stop being anxious and stressing myself, I can’t.” The more he told himself to control his anxiety, the worse it got.
Then it was as if God spoke to him. “Who’s in charge here?” “You are,” he answered meekly. And as that truth and commitment came to his mind, peace flooded his heart. – David C.Egner
– Pages 189-190, Vol. 20, Our Daily Bread