Some of us expend far too much energy stressing about attaining and retaining life’s blessings.
For instance, maybe you are worried about a new job opportunity and sparks anxiety because that “little” voice in your head says, “but what if I don’t get it?”
If you’re struggling with insecurity, you could be tormented because you’re a bit afraid another woman may swoop in and swipe your great guy.
There is always so much to think about and so much to pray about. All this can quickly turn to stress – at least when I worry without faith.
Faith and worrying about the future are really oxymoron.
They don’t match.
Is it even possible to worry and have faith? I’m not so sure. Think about it. If we have faith God is going to take care of us, why do we worry?
It’s incredibly fruitless to hold too tightly to the earthly blessings of this world. For me, when I begin to hold too tightly, my world gets hard. I used to struggle with that a lot.
Have you heard the timeless example of the little farm girl who falls in love with a newborn baby chicken?
She loves it so much and can’t resist giving it lots of hugs. You know the story, she clutches it so tightly, she inadvertently smothers it.
Such a downer, right?
Sometimes, that is exactly what happens to us when our insecurity smothers those we love.
How? By questioning motives, wrongfully accusing, secretly searching pockets and other personal items for signs of infidelity or even worrying so much about others they don’t want to be around us.
You know what I mean. That brand of love quickly becomes bondage and no one wants to be in bondage.
You know, the truth of the matter is we cannot protect anything ourselves.
God who sees all, judges fairly and knows the hearts of men (and women) is the perfect all-powerful guarding Protector.
“…Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.”
God is best qualified to protect our lot and our portions.
Even if people choose to leave us, or our job is eliminated or the child decides a negative path in life – understand those things were not within your complete control anyway.
They, and their destinies, are in God’s hands. He guards our portion.
Release and thank God for what is coming…for what is your perfect portion! I love the way the New International Version puts this concept:
“LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.”
Check out how The English Standard version expresses it:
“The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.”
So, in the end God is ultimately our Portion and our Protector.
He can handle an enemy (coming to steal, kill and destroy) much better than you ever could; and He can keep your husband, children, social standing and victory better than you can on any given day.
Take the pressure off. Breathe. Trust Him. Don’t stress.