Worry and faith : The challenge

Worry and faith : The challenge As I said in my last blog I can write about the issue of worry because this is a matter I have wrestled a lot with. Here’s an example: A number of years ago I was flying on an airplane between United States and England. I had flown many times before but this time was different. During the flight there was some minor turbulence and I felt this deep sense of worry and anxiety. The anxiety got to the point where I felt I couldn't move and felt paralyzed with worry. I started to think about what would happen if this plane crashed. Have you ever experienced worry to the point where it impacts your life? If you have experienced that kind of worry I pray this series will encourage you.

I grew up in a family where worry seemed common place. I watched my family worry about all kinds of things. Money was tight, relationships were hard sometimes, and life can just be busy and burdensome. I began to think about our faith in Christ. I began to think about how powerful and great God is and I wondered why do we worry so much?

As I thought about the worry that I've experienced and the peace that God promises some questions came to me:

  • Where is my faith when I worry ? 

  • Why do some people struggle with worry and others don't seem bothered even in tough situations?

  • Does my faith really impact my every day life?

This series is about me sharing what challenges I've experienced with worry and what I've learned from Christ. I would like to build this series around my most favorite section of Scripture on the subject of worry. “Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 ESV. 

As we take some time to understand and apply these truths I would like to think about one key term. That term is superintending. Superintending means to watch over, to care for and to be in loving control over our lives.  I would like to ask you to start thinking about how God is superintending our lives. 

Let me close this week with a quote - "You should not begin to pray for all you want until you realize that in God you have all you need" (Augustine).