In the dark night of our souls, we imagine and worry about the worst possible scenario. In fact, we often conjure up contradictory worst case scenarios to worry about, events that cannot happen to us. We persuade ourselves that God has abandoned us that we have no prospects. How much unnecessary turmoil do we put ourselves through! God doesn’t promise to give us the grace to survive all the scenarios we can dream up–but only to give us the grace to enable us to make it through whatever he actually brings into our lives. In fact, much of what we worry about turns out in the end not to be part of God’s plan for us after all; our worry was wasted work! Of course, Jesus told us this himself when he said “Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (Matt. 6:27). . .
When we stop believing in God’s goodness and give ourselves over to doubt and worry, we easily sink int o a despairing inactivity. This can lead to a downward spiral in which our inactivity makes our situation worse and deepens our despair, which in turn makes us feel less inclined than ever to step out into what we believe to be a hostile world. The key to breaking that cycle is grasping hold of God’s covenant commitment to do us good. If we can once look to the cross and grasp the height and depth of the love of God for us in Jesus, then how can we doubt his desire to give us everything necessary for life and godliness. Dr. Ian Duguid, Esther and Ruth, p. 156-57
Our worry is wasted work
November 23, 2014 by strengthenedbygrace