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“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” ~ John 14:1
As I was doing my morning devotions a few days ago I read this verse. It’s one I’ve read a hundred times but this time it had new meaning. In his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers points out that the words “do not let” from John 14:1 are a command. God is letting us know that He’s not going to keep our hearts from being troubled. To be quite honest, my first thought was, that’s not fair.
But as I pondered I had another thought. Just like a parent that does everything for their kids doesn’t teach them anything, we’ll never learn if God takes this away from us. In a way, it’s a tough pill to swallow. He hands that responsibility over to us to work on. Oswald says, “Continually pick yourself up, even if you fall a hundred and one times a day, until you get into the habit of putting God first and planning with Him in mind.”
I don’t know about you but some days it’s extremely hard to keep from being troubled – a.k.a worrying for me. In fact, just this morning my thoughts were clouded with “what ifs” and I could feel the pressure mounting in my shoulders.
In those exact moments of feeling pressure and worry I have to remember that God has everything in control. He sees the big picture and knows what’s best for me. (In fact, I would probably worry more if I saw the big picture. Wouldn’t you?) One thing that helps me is crying out to God just as I Peter 5:7 says – “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
I’m so comforted to know that whether it’s 1 a.m., or 4 p.m., whether I’m with a large group of people, or whether I’m all alone, God is always there waiting or me to cry out to Him! He’s there for us when we’re going through the easy and hard times, and I’m so thankful for that!
Cry out to Him today sweet sister! He’s waiting for you – James 4:8, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”