Posted by: TLC Fellowship | December 10, 2012

Jesus Promised He’d Take Care of Me…

By Sonia Jordan, Member of TLC Fellowship

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7

When I began writing this, I was unsure if what I was writing made sense. Then I heard one of our Pastors pray about being anxious for nothing. I thought about my attitude regarding what felt like personal attacks. Instead of praying, I was defensive and anxious. I complained to friends (my “Amen” corner) who understood and agreed with my assessments, probably should have told me to get a grip and use the situation for growth; only allowing it to become personal from a learning standpoint, as I absorbed whatever it was that the Lord was teaching me.

Instead, I was defensive. I didn’t pray about it; I felt victimized and justified when friends agreed with me. I was so busy taking care of me there was no room for God to step in. Instead of being prayerful and thankful I was anxious and thought I could take care of myself.

I thought about the story of the crippled woman Jesus healed in the synagogue. As the woman praised God for her healing, others criticized Jesus for healing her on the Sabbath. She didn’t argue. She just shouted and praised God. She didn’t get into debate about why Jesus did what he did. She didn’t complain to her friends about how unfair the critics were. She just got her praise on and was anxious for nothing. Had I spent my time praising and being thankful instead of complaining and arguing, the gloom that attached itself to my life would have had no place to exist.  I would not have made unnecessary errors adding to issues already on the table. As for my detractors, I was grunting greetings in their general direction or not speaking to them at all.

Then one night at choir rehearsal we sang, “Jesus promised he’ll take care of me.” Say what? Talk about an “Aha! moment.” I could not get the song out of my head. Seriously, didn’t I already know this? Had my grandmother not always told us to hold our peace and let the Lord fight our battles? Why was I tripping? I already knew to trust God to fight my battles; to praise him and be thankful for the blessings so generously bestowed upon my life; and, I absolutely know this simple fact: I can trust Jesus to keep his word.

My attitude changed. I stopped complaining and began to offer thanks and praise. The next time, hopefully, I won’t become anxious. I’ll just get my praise on, be thankful and let God do what He always does—take care of me.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for guarding my heart and my mind. Forgive me for allowing life’s situations to make me anxious. Forgive me for not trusting in your promise. Father, I give you all praise and glory, for I know who takes care of me. Thank you and amen.


Responses

  1. Anxiety can be a real killer! Sometimes it’s so easy for us to lose our perspective and forget that God can and will take care of us! It’s good to remember that we can always trust God.


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