Posts Tagged ‘Does God want to hear my worries’

All of us at inevitably, whether often or infrequently are faced with challenges, crisis’s or stressors. We easily categorise the gravity of that concern because we compare it with what others are going through, because we’ve grown up believing we shouldn’t burden people with our worries and instead should “harden up” or because we think we can deal with it on our own. And when we do that, it can so subtly influence what we take to God. We think he won’t be interested, or he’s sick of our lamenting or that he will only help us if we first help ourselves. Bill McKibben wrote in Harper’s magazine that three out of every four Americans believe that the bible says “God helps those who help themselves”. Even the US press secretary in a follow up to an Obama speech quoted this phrase stating he believed it to be from the bible.

Over the last 6 months I have faced some difficulties and it has been the greatest struggle to talk to God about this for, I see now, all of the above reasons. And in the few times of heartfelt prayer I’ve reverted to being more religious than relational. I’m not entirely sure why, maybe I thought that by appeasing God he would be more likely to listen to me. I’ve spent much of my Christian life striving to be a good little Christian and please God in both the wrong way and for the wrong reasons. It’s a hard pattern to break and the enemy knows that; he’s more than eager to whisper his lies that I so easily believe, so often. But my saviour is persistent, relentless and I’m becoming more accustomed to his voice. There have been moments where I’ve sensed God saying “just share your heart with me” and it’s now time to do what he asks and put ego and self-pity aside. Why? Because his word tells me to. 1 Peter 5:6-7 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”. Taking into consideration the Greek text it could be interpreted literally as:

Stop being self-reliant and bring yourself under God’s supreme and prevailing hand and in His time he will lift you up. Throw all your worries, cares and anxieties on him because your worry is his interest.

And what does that mean? Firstly it means that getting rid of that big ego that says “I can do it on my own” and realise that I can I NOT! Jeremiah 17:5 says that cursed is the self-reliance person. God alone has all the power and wisdom to fix us, help us, heal us, restore us, guide us and so on. Secondly, I need to humbly surrender my best laid plans to my God and completely trust Him (Proverbs 3:5) despite what I think and against all odds because he really does know best; he’s already in tomorrow and he can bring good out of yesterday! Thirdly, I need to stop categorising my worries into levels of importance thinking that he doesn’t want to know them all, or that some are just too big for him and instead give them ALL to him. Verbs for cast include throw, hurl, pitch, lob and in relation to this verse none of those implies tiptoeing up to the Father and timidly whispering our concerns. Consider the anguished cries in some of the Psalms (6, 22 and 88 for a start) and see how the psalmist poured out his every emotion, fear and turmoil. He didn’t hold back and according to 1 Peter 5:7 nor should we. Finally I need to believe, even if I don’t understand it, that God is a relational Father who deeply and passionately cares about me. Anyone who feels that way about another is concerned for their concerns and God is no different. It’s time for some of us to stop believing the lies (my concern is too small, my problem is too big, God doesn’t want to hear that, it’s not that important, he’s too busy, other people’s problems are of more concern, why would he listen to me, I can take care of myself, I don’t want to give him control, he’s not going to listen – the list is endless) and stand on the truth; two simple verses of truth!