From Panicked Worrier to Prayer Worrier

“I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize that He is able to carry out His will for me. It does not matter where He places me, or how. That is for Him to consider, not me, for in the easiest positions He will give me grace, and in the most difficult ones His grace is sufficient” ( J. Hudson Taylor).

I give credit to Ann Voskamp for the catchy title of this post. That’s also the goal of every believer. Prayer and worship over panic and worry.

Recently, I was reminded again of just how many fellow believers are walking through grief, loss, illness, and suffering. I can’t even begin to understand the trials that some of God’s saints endure yet are more joyful and patient than most.

I don’t believe that God never gives us more than we can handle. In fact, the Apostle Paul says, “We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:8-9, NLT).

That’s the goal of it all. Surrender and trust, not self-reliance and self-help. Paul went so far as to say that he could boast in his weakness, because that’s where God’s power is perfected.

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