Fact #1 – I’ve got a problem.
Fact #2 – God’s got it.
Which fact is more powerful? Which fact is foremost in your mind?
Personally, I know God’s got it, but often my mind meditates more upon the specific problem I am facing. I will pray, “God, help me as I encounter this current challenge.” Then my mind meanders to the details of the sticky situation. I end up trying to tell God how to resolve this negative issue. I’ve got the problem in my hands rather than placing the problem in God’s hands!
My Reader, does this scenario sound familiar to you? Most of us will have to admit we can identify with this train of thought.
“If you know how to worry, you know how to meditate…” These words were part of a post by Pure Glory 8/7/19 entitled Meditation from Your Heart. Since most of us have the tendency to worry, we should redirect our focus. May we say with David in Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Don’t worry – God’s got it.
When facing a conflict, our human tendency is to focus upon our problem rather than upon God’s nature. What happens in the natural realm can overpower what we believe spiritually. We must choose carefully what we allow to dominate our thinking. We do well when we remember such promises as Lamentations 3:22-23, “The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
We would be wise to replace our worries with worship. Then we will remember God’s got it.
David spent more time worshiping than worrying. He encountered many difficult times while fleeing from King Saul. Yet, he focused upon God and His faithfulness. Let’s look at Psalm 31. I encourage you to read the entire Psalm but I will highlight a few verses. David begins by crying out to the Lord. Verses 1-2, “In You, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; save me by Your righteousness. Incline Your ear to me; come quickly to my rescue. Be my rock of refuge, the stronghold of my deliverance.” In verse 7 he continues to praise the Lord while admitting he is in trouble. “I will be glad and rejoice in Your loving devotion, for You have seen my affliction; You have known the anguish of my soul.” In verse 10 David admits, “my life is consumed with grief and my years with groaning; my iniquity has drained my strength, and my bones are wasting away.” However, by verses 14-15 he declares, “But I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.” David concludes with verses 22-24, “In my alarm I said, ‘I am cut off from Your sight!’ But You heard my plea for mercy when I called to You for help. Love the LORD, all His saints. The LORD preserves the faithful, but fully repays the arrogant. Be strong and courageous, all you who hope in the LORD.” We find both worry and worship in David’s words. However, worship overpowers worry.
James and Paul wrote New Testament letters. Both encountered adversities. However, they were able to find positive results from negative circumstances. They were speaking from experience when they wrote the following verses.
James 1:2-4 tells us, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:12 goes on to say, “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
Paul writes in Romans 5:3-5, “we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
In Qualities of a Spiritual Warrior, Graham Cooke says that with every new situation there is a fresh provision. However, while taking on new responsibilities, we tend to not raise our faith to the new available level. Spiritual worship helps to overcome natural worries.
Cooke writes, “God knows our journey better than we do, and He has strategically placed a provision next to every problem, obstacle and opposition.” God’s got it! He also stresses that our confidence must be in God’s nature, not just His power.
I like Cooke’s phrases that we are to be “patiently confident and confidently patient.” May we remember Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
We will have problems. God has solutions. Our responsibility is to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” according to Proverbs 3:5-6. God’s got it!