In November of 2006 a friend, Art Rice, gave me a little daily devotional book titled My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. I had heard of and seen this little book for many years but had never opened it to read it. However, since at that time I was not in a very good spiritual condition I felt I should read it…maybe it would help me find God again. Since that time I look forward to reading the Bible teaching for that day. God speaks to me a very encouraging or corrective word almost every day. Here is a summary of Oswald Chambers’ Bible teaching for July 4:
Don’t worry; it only leads to evil.
Worrying means we “get out of sorts” mentally or spiritually – things are not in alignment with us. It is one thing to say, “Don’t worry,” but it’s a very different things to have such a state of mind that you actually don’t worry. (It’s one thing to say it; it’s another thing to do it!) It sounds easy to say, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him” until your life is upset – until your just trying to make it through the tumults and anguish of life; is it possible to rest in the Lord and trust Him then? However, if this truth of resting in the Lord and trusting in Him doesn’t work when the storms are blowing in your life, it won’t work anywhere! This truth must work during our times of perplexity as well as in times of peace and tranquility or it will never work. And if it will not work in your situation it will not work in anyone’s situation. But it will work! Resting in the Lord does not depend on your external circumstances, but on your relationship with God Himself.
Worry always ends in sin. We imagine that a little anxiety and worry is an indication of how really wise we are, but it is really an indication of how really wicked we are! Worry comes from a determination to get our own way. Our Lord Jesus never worried and was never anxious because He was not out to accomplish His own way, but the way of His Father in heaven. Worry is sin if we are a child of God because we leave God out of our situation. Worry often is the result of fear or not getting our own way, but if we totally commit ourselves and “our way” to the Lord, we can trust Him.
Have you been filling your mind and emotions with the idea that your circumstances are too big for God or that He has abandoned you? It’s possible that you are just afraid that God will not do what you want Him to do. Dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. Set your worry aside. God has not abandoned you, but He is for you and with you. Tell God right now that you will stop worrying about that thing that is on your mind and you will give it to Him and trust Him with it. He loves you and wants the best for you. His best may not be what you think is the best, but if you trust Him, it will turn out to be the very best. All our fret and worry comes from us leaving God out of our circumstances.