The Trap of Worry

Every Wednesday, I receive a devotional blog titled, “Wednesday’s Word.” On a recent Wednesday the Word was “Worry.” The writer, Paul David Tripp says, “…even though the Bible predicts it, many Christians are unprepared for when suffering enters their door and how we will be tempted to question the goodness of our Lord.”

He goes on to say that, “In the middle of suffering, you will worry yourself about many things:
Why did this happen?
Could I have prevented it?
What will the outcome be?
Do I have what it takes to make it through?

“These questions are natural, and in many ways, they’re not wrong to ask. But it’s so easy to have your heart captivated with worry. You probably won’t find the answers right away, and you’ll panic as a mountain of worry-driven questions grows higher by the day.

Here’s the problem with worry – like doubt, it’s God-forgetful. Doubt forgets God’s goodness, and worry forgets His presence.”

Dear sisters, did you get that? He says to us that, “Doubt is God-forgetful.”

Oh how true this is. Nothing! Nothing at all can fill the believer with a greater sense of hopelessness, than when he or she forgets; forgets to remember God.

We have a sovereign, everywhere present, all the time God. Where are you that He is not? What weapon formed against you can prosper? If God be for you, who can be against you?

In his blog Paul Trip continues:
“Why did this happen? I don’t know, but God does.
Could I have prevented it? Maybe not, but God could have and chose not to.
What will the outcome be? I don’t know, but God does.
Do I have what it takes to make it through?
No, but God is with me every step of the way.
You see, worry assumes that it’s only you vs. suffering.
Worry finds a foothold in the lie that you’re alone in your suffering.
Meanwhile, the Lord names Himself Immanuel – ‘God with us.’

You are never alone in suffering. Worry will tell you that you need to carry the burden on your shoulders; Immanuel says, ‘I will carry it for you.’

When you fall into the trap of worry and believe that you’ve been abandoned by God, you won’t run to Him for help. But when you believe that God was, is, and always will be there for you, you can run into His loving arms and find rest. God bless.” Paul David Tripp

Stephanie P.

Stephanie serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women’s Addiction Ministry. She has been married for almost 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. Stephanie serves alongside him as Care Group leaders in their church. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.

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