The thoughts sneak into my mind like an unwelcome guest. They try to race to my heart and take up residence before I realize what has happened. Doubts and concerns start to make my body react in nervous ways. The only way I can calm my now rapidly beating heart is to take a deep breath and remember.
“Breathe and focus on remembering,” I tell myself.
Remember when Joseph was sold as a slave into Egypt? Remember how even though he was trapped and couldn’t leave, he continued to work as if working for the Lord? Remember how God blessed him?
Remember when David literally ran for his life only to see time and time again how God cared for him?
Remember how God has taken care of you over and over again?
Anxiety melts away. Only faith remains.
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Where we will work, where we will live, what will happen in six months is all a big question mark in our lives right now. (I’m specifically talking about my family, but maybe you are in a similar boat.) Dwelling on God’s faithfulness and promises instead of worrying about what may or may not happen, has made all the difference. It is literally an anxiety killer for me. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but God does! So I dwell on his promises…
He stays close to the brokenhearted.
His love never fails.
He is a good provider.
He knows exactly what we need.
He see us.
He is our savior.
Over the past year, when it seems we’ve had more questions than answers, God has consistently shown his faithfulness. He calls us to remember how well he takes care of those he has created. Remembering how the Lord has taken care of others and especially how he has taken care of us in the past, steadies our hearts and gives us the confidence to once again joyfully share that God is good, that He has taken care of us and will continue to do so. And it’s for this reason he calls us all to remember.
Time after time, he says “Remember!”
Remember when I led the Isrealites out of Egypt?
Remember when I told Abraham to follow me and I would make him the father of many nations?
Remember when Jesus took the bread and the cup and said, “Do this in remembrance of me?”
Our call to remember, helps us to never forget. When we choose to remember, we remind our hearts who is really in control. We choose to remember that someone greater than our circumstances is in control. If we remember to put our trust in our Lord and Savior, then we will…
be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
And then, we will willingly stand firm and
take up the shield of faith, with which [we] can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Oh, how the devil enjoys it when we let our guard fall and start to doubt and worry. This is not our calling. Our calling is to trust even when we don’t see or understand.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
Yes, life is difficult. It does not become “easier” because we are Christians. But in remembering who our God is and sharing how God has taken care of us in the past, we will remind our hearts that He will take care of us in this present time as well as in the future. Let’s allow our hearts to be filled with joy in knowing that the Lord has us in His hands instead of letting our anxiety wring all the joy out.
Lord, you are good and holy and faithful to all you have created. We lift each person up today and pray over their hearts as they face uncertain circumstances. We pray we will cling to you with all our might.
Lord, help us not to doubt your goodness, but when we are struggling to understand what way you want us to go or what your plan is, help us to be comforted in the fact that you are God and we are not. Help us to discern the Holy Spirit’s guidance and keep us from falling into the trap of anxiety.
Thank you for being patient with us as we walk these difficult times. Help us to remember all you have done and your glorious ways of providing for us in the midst of our need. In the One who came at just the right time to save us from
ourselves – Amen!