So many of us are bogged down in worry and fear to the point of mental paralysis. We can’t sleep because our mind is racing and playing back the things of yesterday. We have no peace because we are trying to fix things outside of our grasp. We can’t do the things that we need to do for today because we are so worried about tomorrow. Oh Yeah! Of course no one can help us because we’ve believed the lie that we don’t need anyone in our business or no one else has gone through or made it through these same struggles…. Wrong!! Just in case you haven’t noticed, don’t read your Word, or haven’t really taken a look around you, there really is nothing new under the sun. I’m willing to bet that you know plenty who have gone through what you’re dealing with right at this very moment. There’s a great chance it’s one of your close friends or someone in your immediate family… Those darn facades. A lot of times we try to be the source instead of going to The Source. We come up with half-cooked solutions only to end up where we were to begin with or even worse off. We get angry at God because our solution isn’t working. When all He needs you to do is give it to Him and get out the way… Get Out Of Your Own Way.
1 Peter 5:6 says:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Okay so maybe you’re thinking, “But God helps those who help themselves.” You do know that’s not in the bible right?! That’s why you always go to the source… Anyways, if we look closely, Peter is reminding us to lower ourselves under God’s hand so He can lift us up in His timing. A lot of times we get into crunches and it seems like an extreme sense of urgency. It’s almost as if we don’t get an answer or resolve it immediately, the world is going to end.But it’s definitely something about God’s timing.
I was in a car accident this past July, but prior to that I really felt like God was impressing upon me to get out of debt to the point that I had contemplated selling my car. When I stepped out of that car after the accident, I knew that would be the last time I would ever drive it. My car ended up being totaled and I was stuck having to make some tough decisions: Be obedient and get a cash car or finance another car. I knew what God had told me to do, but the way my finances was setup, I wasn’t going to get much for the lil coins I had in the bank. I battled my flesh daily because my pride made me feel like I needed a new car. What would people think if I was driving a bucket? All my friends have nice cars and seem to be squared away. So much transpired after that accident it seemed like my money just turned into sand and was slipping through my hands. At first I didn’t want help because I was too prideful. But I remembered what the Word says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”. Surely I loved the Lord and I knew I had been called. I definitely also knew I was called to be debt free… Was it God’s will for me to be in debt? Was it His will for me to be in bondage to people’s opinions? Nope! One day in my prayer time I had a vision of me coming to the end of a cliff, but my spirit took over and carried me the rest of the way. I had seen myself come to the end of me. So every day for one and a half months, I would just tell the Lord that I have come to end of myself in this matter and that I needed Him to take over and that I trust Him. I lowered myself and He provided every day. He provided me with some amazing people to help me get where I needed to be. He allowed me to encounter some pretty awesome people who ministered and spoke life and encouragement over me. I can say I truly lived out 1 Peter 5:6 especially once I gave all my cares to God. This allowed me to be stripped of some of that deep-rooted pride, people pleasing, and that car note lol! I was able to spend more time with God because I couldn’t just go, go, go. I was able to prioritize what was important and what wasn’t. Sure, I had moments where I would want to pick my worries back up, but I remembered Matt 6:34 says “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble,” And surely enough, I’d find my peace. Now to someone else I probably looked crazy, irresponsible, or like I had given up, but I was tired of the vicious cycle I had been in. I realized that I had been fighting the battle of my finances long enough and that if I didn’t surrender I’d be in a debt cycle the rest of my life. I paid cash for an older car. How that came about was nothing short of a blessing in itself. I’ll be honest its nothing like topping off Ol’ Blue Belle with some fluids and going about my business. I now understand that “Obedience is better than sacrifice” and although I am not completely debt free I can definitely say that I’ve made a major step towards breaking a generational cycle. That decision to not worry but instead trust and obey alone will affect my one day family, someone in need that I can now help and even my roommates. They never have to worry about my portion of the rent.
It’s funny around the time of all this chaos I remember my pastor saying something that made so much sense. He said many of us are worrying about things and making decisions based on something that isn’t even going to happen. I realized I had lived like this all my adult life. 1 Peter 5:8 says Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. Remember the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. What better way to steal your joy, kill your purpose, and destroy your future than to provoke fear and worry. It’s important that we not be too high on ourselves to seek out help and the will of God. We should be aware of what God is telling us so we don’t believe a lie. I would highly recommend you get some godly community. I can tell you first hand there is a huge difference in the advice you’ll get. Besides, if you have a clique that you can’t be transparent with when you’re going through hard times, what’s the point? Take the time to learn God’s promise for your life and stand on it. Build a legit relationship with God, not just a Sunday and “when I need you” kind of relationship. I can truly say when I decided to seek God versus just going to church because that’s what I thought I was supposed to do or because it made me feel good about my mess, that’s when I was truly able to experience God.
So I ask you… what or who are you worrying about? What fear has you paralyzed? And why haven’t you FULLY surrendered it to God?