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When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3

Psalm 56:3

Friend to Friend

The prophet Isaiah said, “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor is his ear to dull to hear.” (Isaiah 59:1) Though I know in my heart this is true, I still sometimes go back and forth between doubt and worry as if God’s arms are short and his ears are dull. My friend Erica does too.

She came to my door with a package to deliver and a story to share. I signed for the package and we began to catch up. Her kids are grown. Mine are teens. Her daughter just got married. My oldest just went to college. Mama to mama we shared and cared.

“My daughter and her new husband might be moving to Chicago. I have to be honest, Gwen,” she said seriously, “I’m not doing well trusting God with this. I’m struggling with anxiousness and worry.” I listened and nodded with understanding, knowing full well the strain of worry and anxiety.

Then she perked up and shared a story that went something like this…

God impressed a message on my heart this morning that challenged and convicted me! I just have to tell you about it. I ride motorcycles. Have for years. I love the feeling of being out in the open air. It’s exciting and invigorating. When I ride, I feel vulnerable and alert. It’s risky and requires balance, it’s much more difficult than driving my car, but I ride because it energizes me and makes me feel alive.

            This morning I rode my bike to work while it was still dark. I don’t usually do that because the headlight is small, so the light is dim. As I was riding, I began to thank God for allowing me to ride my bike to work. I thanked him for allowing me to feel alive and energized along the way. And as I did, He spoke to my heart. I sensed He was saying, “Erica! This is what I want my relationship with you to be like: exciting, risky, and energizing, like riding your motorcycle! But instead you take your car with me. You want to feel safe. You want to see with brighter headlights. You grasp for more control, by worrying and fretting about things you can do nothing about. In doing so, you miss out on a faith that is alive and energizing… a faith that trusts me and takes risks.

She shared that story with tears and conviction in her eyes. We were both moved and challenged. It left me with a fresh longing for deeper faith.

I want to ride.

I want to take risks with the star-breathing, mountain moving, speak-through-a-burning-bush, unpredictable, and unsearchable All-mighty One!

God does not call us to a safe faith. He does not promise that we will have a clear view of all that lies ahead. He does not promise us simplicity. Instead, God invites us to embrace a vibrant faith that trusts Him. A faith that is alive and energized, in spite of the unsteady unknowns. His arms are not too short to save and His ears are not dull to hear. He is powerful, capable, compassionate, merciful, holy, just, and faithful.

These truths should hush our noisy doubts and calm the anxieties that seek to unnerve us.

God is sovereign and His ways are mysterious.

In the center of all of my questions this one resounds: who better to trust than God?

Myself? Hardly.

My paycheck? My medical chart? My emotions? I might as well chase the wind.

In contemplating this, I journey back to what the Bible has to say on such things.

“Live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?” (Psalm 56:3-4)

“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 straight your paths.”

Is the Lord calling you to trust Him with something or someone today?

Decide to ride.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Please quiet my anxious heart. Give me courage to step out in faith, beyond what I can see or attempt to control. I bring these heart burdens to You now _________.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

READ Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Consider what your day would look like if you believe this to be true. Spend a few moments in responsive prayer, write in your journal about it or post a prayer or response on the wall of my blog.

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12 Responses to “Help For a Heart That Worries”

  1. Chris Mckinley says:

    Dear Lord
    Thank you for always walking with me and forgive me for not fully
    trusting you to take care of any situation I face. Help me to know that You want the best
    for me and to walk by faith not by sight. Today I lay my burden down at the
    foot of the cross and pray I won’t pick it back up.
    Father thank You for Your love and for Jesus who gave His life for me and my salvation and for the Holy Spirit that lives
    in me to guide me in the right direction.
    In the strong name of Jesus
    Amen

  2. Nicki says:

    Thank you fir this today. Struggling with worry about my son.

  3. William says:

    Yes, I`m one of those males that read these messages. And God just keeps speaking and blessing!
    I have been stressed lately because the ones I love were taken away a year ago. The Lord is now bringing them back. Thank you Jesus!!!
    Two weeks ago He said (twice) be patience. I have been struggling with that. And trying to figure it all out.
    This morning all 3 of my Proverbs 31 devotions spoke peace into my heart. With Him, I will be able to wait this thing out.

    Thank you Lord Jesus for loving us. Thank you for the writers that speak you words to us. Bless them Lord

  4. Alicia Baldwin-Evans says:

    This may sound silly, but could you please explain to me what responsive prayer is? I am currently in the process of building my prayer life, and I can use all the help I can get! Thank you and God bless.

  5. Coy says:

    Thank you! This morning I prayed for confirmation to step out on faith and I had this devotional waiting for me in my inbox! Thank you Lord for your clear answer to my prayer.

  6. Angela says:

    I really needed this. My son-in-law is working out of state and usually my (pregnant) daughter and two grandkids stay with my husband and I but this time her and hubby decided she would stay at home. Its only two hours away from each other but I have been worried and stressing about this. Especially her driving longer distances with just her and the kids when she visits him or us. Like me being in the car could protect her more than God right? Lol
    Thank you for this reminder today!

  7. Jess says:

    God has given my daughter the opportunity to be healed from her dangerous food allergies. The treatment is long and scary. However, she is safe in God’s hands. This is our motorcycle ride and I cant wait to see our testimony after His healing!

  8. julia says:

    idk why it wouldn’t let me reply to a comment weird, but anywhoo @ Alicia Baldwin-Evans responsive prayer means that you are talking/praying to God and just listening for His response.

  9. renee says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this day’s words of wisdom. I have been struggling what direction the good Lord wants me to travel. I have a few roads blocks but part of me wants to bypass road blocks and get my answers. I need some guidance in my career. He put me in a couple places and then the rug was pulled out from under me.

  10. April says:

    My God is more powerful than my circumstances, he has helped me to find out about my sons heart condition and help the doctors heal him and saved another one of my sons life as he was robbed and held at gunpoint at work. I am so thankful to God. I get anxious and worried at times but I remind myself what God said. “Anything you ask in my name shall be given to you”. My flesh gets week at times but my faith remains strong. No weapon formed shall prosper. Praying for continued favor, health and protection.

  11. TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBOR MORE OFTEN says:

    FRET NOT

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