Isaiah 30:15 (NET) “For this is what the master, the LORD, the Holy One of Israel says: “If you repented and patiently waited for me, you would be delivered; if you calmly trusted in me you would find strength, but you are unwilling”

Mr. George was falsely accused in his office and this got him really upset, but in the midst of the confrontations, the hymn with the words: “trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus…” kept playing in his heart, but this ceased after a while since he did not pay attention to it because he had been overwhelmed by his troubles. He tried all that he could to exonerate himself but failed and this got him even more troubled. At the end of work for the day, he got into his car and was headed home. It was in his car that the Spirit of the Lord spoke to him: “you trust your car, you believe it will take you home, but you didn’t let me when I wanted to help you, even though I tried many times. Don’t you trust me?”. At that point, he knew his day would have gone differently if he heeded the message in that song in his spirit and was not as worked up as he was in defending himself. All his efforts only ended up making things worse.

Just like Mr. George, many believers have missed God’s help because they allow worries to overtake them and couldn’t hear God when he came speaking to them.

The proof of faith is trust and the proof of trust is the absence of worry or anxiety. If you still worry about a matter, it shows you don’t have faith yet [over it]. “Oh, that’s easy!” Someone may say, “I’ll just stop worrying and faith will come”. What will shock you though is that, you’ll soon discover that you don’t have that ability in yourself.

When you worry, it shows that you have the need to trust God. When you discover that you can’t stop worrying about a matter, it is a sign that you are still carrying the burden yourself. The right thing to do at that point is to commit the burden to God through prayers, and keep at it until the worry has been lifted. Remember that scripture says: “cast your cares upon Him, for He cares” (1 Peter 5:7).“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV).

Worrying shows that you still trust in yourself, and as long as your trust is in yourself, God will not be able to direct your path, because He only directs the path of those who trust in Him with all their heart.

The ultimate aim of worry, therefore, is to bring you to the place where you can’t access God’s help; the place of confusion and directionlessness.

Go into today making up your mind to turn every worry into a signal that tells you that you need God’s help.

Prayer: I receive grace not to be anxious about anything. If anxiety comes, I receive enough grace to turn it over to the Lord, in Jesus’ name. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James
Bible in 1 Year: Hosea 8-14 (In Devotional Audio)

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