Today’s Truth

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.

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, He 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.

And 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,

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.

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Gwen Smith is a speaker, worship leader, songwriter, and author of the new book, I Want I ALL, who wants to help you think big thoughts about God – and inspire you toward His grace and truth.

5 Responses to “Help For a Heart That Worries”

  1. Caroline says:

    This was perfect for me today – I am writing with tears steaming down my face … I am in the uk, my 17 ( nearly 18 year old daughter ) struggled with mental health issues earlier this year, dropped out of school. She is very academic, grade A student but the pressure was too much… She is also a creative, and found an amazing course in London for theatrical make up … She applied for the basic course… I was just happy that she was applying for anything – on the day of the interview I prayed for a miracle …. Well God gave me a miracle, the college were so impressed with her portfolio and academics they put her on a degree course a year early …. God is good … Well you wld think that would be enough… She has continued to get better, is on medication and the doctors are very very happy, think it was a teenage blip and are going to discharge her … The course started yesterday, she LOVES it… Says she is excited about the future, and that she knows she wldnt be doing the course if she hadn’t been so poorly but it was the best thing to happen BUT – I am SO anxious about her, her mental health, her future …. The transport system is rubbish and she really needs to be living in London but I am SO anxious and scared for her, my emotions are ruling my life, I have no peace and joy. I leave it all at Gods feet every morning and by lunchtime I have picked it all up again …. And the worry and anxiety comes back !!!!
    I prayed before I did my reading that God would speak to me … Well he sure did … Thank you for this reading this morning, my prayer is that I can leave it all with God – trust him, and live my life in the fast lane of faith … Thank you

  2. Susan Thompson says:

    This morning I sit on the porch at a condo in the North Carolina mountains. It’s chilly and damp and the clouds (or fog) was thick. I couldn’t see any lights below. Then the clouds moved out and revealed the lights and town below. Even though I couldn’t see anything I knew they were there. Just like God! I can’t always see Him working in my life, but I know He is there!

  3. Kristen says:

    Perfect timing. My family and I just moved from OK to the mountains in NM. I wanted to feel alive! I wanted to take risks! I know God is with me wherever I am no matter what. Living by faith…… ❤️

  4. Jenifer says:

    I greatly enjoy the GIG morning devotional and this really spoke to me this morning as my job is coming to a close as I know it in December and I am not sure what the Lord has in store for me next. I am excited about what He has planned but I too have trouble giving up the control, so thank you for the scripture guidance!!

  5. Sharon says:

    Once again I just want to thank you all for your words that lift and challenge me daily. God Bless you all!!

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