To Trust or Worry?

Part Two of a Series which began last week with ‘God’s Abundance or My Scarcity

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Over the course of four weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot on whether I live in God’s abundance or cling to my scarcity. It all began with a sermon posing this question:

Do I recognize and embrace God’s abundant gifts; or do I instead choose to live on my scarce resources?

As I’ve pondered this question,  it’s made me consider the last seven months as my husband was off work with an injury. I’ve never had to deal with anything like this as an adult, and so making decisions regarding money has been a bit of a challenge for me.

There were times during these months when we both felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to make certain choices trusting God to provide. When Gary was injured in April, and we realized his recovery would be long, we both felt I was to stay home and write rather than quickly look for work. Because of this decision, I was able to attend Mary DeMuth’s Writer’s Intensive in July. I wasn’t planning on attending the conference when Gary was injured, nor did we expect one week before leaving for the conference Gary would end up in the ER with a one week’s hospital stay. But when the conference came to my attention, we both felt very strongly I’d miss out on something God wanted to do if I didn’t attend. The conference changed my life, and possibly our future.

There were times those seven months I didn’t know what to do in regards to our finances, and so made decisions I still question.

There were times I made downright foolish decisions and spent money I shouldn’t have for one reason and another.

But isn’t that life?

We all have moments as believers when we sense God calling us to step out into something new and a bit frightening. Doing so doesn’t mean every decision we make during that time will be perfect. Some decisions will end up successful. Some decisions will be failures. 

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I recently read in Suzanne Eller’s book Come With Me,

“Jesus never promised Simon or any of his disciples that following him was a one-time, no-risk-involved, feel-safe-and-comfortable-always venture. In fact, he often assured them of the opposite. We are asked to push out deeper a second, third, fourth time. What is God asking you to do? Have you resisted? Has the focus been on the results or on the obstacles over the joy of walking with Jesus?”

Let’s take a moment to re-read what God’s Word says:

…His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3 (NASB)

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19 (NLT)

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My need isn’t always what I think it is. Maybe God’s abundance for me right now is:

  • Providing His peace that passes all understanding to guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus as I step out in faith. (Phil. 4:7)
  • Granting humility so I quickly run to Him for wisdom rather than making quick decisions based on my own desires. (James 1:5)
  • Strengthening me to can ask Him to Him to search my heart, know my thoughts, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. So any failures draw me to Him rather than away from Him. (Psalm 139:23).

My only other option is to worry. And unfortunately, other things tag along when worry becomes our choice.

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Worry is white noise that distracts me from hearing God's gentle voice clearly. Click To Tweet

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Worry is the grasping for my scarcity because I'm afraid God may be as overwhelmed as I am. Click To Tweet 

What’s going on in your world? Where do you need to trust in God’s abundance for this moment? If you’d like me to pray, please send a message. We can pray for each other, as I too constantly must work through this myself.

With love,

Robin <3

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