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Why Worry

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John 14

Worry is different from thinking things through. Worry starts out small in our mind, grows into a very real possibility in our hearts, and quickly can consume our emotions. When the situation passes, we realize it wasn't as big of a deal as we had once imagined, quickly dismissing the amount of time we spent in anxiety contemplating the possible outcomes. How is it that we so easily forget the experience of triumph when faced with another seemingly overwhelming opportunity? For some of us, this is a daily routine.

In John 14, Jesus is explaining to His disciples who He is and how they can find comfort when He is no longer with them. The disciples were concerned, and legitimately so, with what to do with themselves when the prophecy was fulfilled and Jesus would leave them for some time.

Jesus says, "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; and believe also in me." He goes on to say that He would always be with them in the form of the Holy Spirit and that "..anything you ask in my name, I will do it" (John 14:1, 14:14).

Jesus is promising to all of us who follow Him and find hope in His name that He is closer than our own skin and personally answers each problem in our life. How can we ever justify doubting the goodness of His plans? Instead of being troubled by the individual circumstances that face us daily, let us give Him glory for the opportunity to take on these adventures with Him forever by our side. Better yet, let Him lead and take on the anxiety of providing for our never ending needs. He is more than qualified for that responsibility. There is nothing too big for our God.

Reflect:

  • What do you need to let go of today and trust that Jesus will provide?
  • Can you remember the last time you trusted Jesus completely with your problem? How did it turn out?
  • How can remembering God’s past faithfulness change your perspective on what’s before you today?

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