A few weeks ago I quit my job. I left my nice apartment in Uptown, Dallas to start this company. It’s my calling in life; God has put it on my heart to start this company for years. But I was always afraid to do it. It’s scary, quitting your stable job to pursue a ministry. For the first week back in Austin the prospect of starting this non-profit really set in.
Doubt got planted in my mind: had I made the wrong decision? Then I prayed: I opened God’s word and He began to speak to me. I realized how arrogant I had been to think that I could do anything on my own. Everything good comes from God. How faithless I had been by thinking God couldn’t handle something as small as my company. I began laughing at myself because I realized just how stupid I had been. God spoke and the world was formed. Yeah, pretty sure The Creator of the Universe could handle my problem.
Worry is something in our lives that robs us of joy. Worry is what happens when we are focused on ourselves rather than on God. 2 Corinthians 4:17 says,
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
Our earthly problems are trivial compared to eternity. We have to keep the proper perspective. When we focus our minds on the things of God, rather than the things of this world, we find peace. We have to remember where our true citizenship lies, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). Our citizenship is in heaven, not here on earth. That helps keep our problems in perspective. This focuses our gaze upward and outward, not inward.
Rejoice & Cast Your Cares on Him
God does not promise us a life free of pain and heartache though. But the mark of a mature believer is one who rejoices through that affliction and even retains the joy of God through it. Philippians 4:4 commands,“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
That’s often times a hard one to swallow when the world seems to be caving in on you or you feel powerless. Thankfully, as Christians, our strength doesn’t come from us, but from God. And He can handle anything. My favorite verse that illustrates this concept is Isaiah 40:31:
In the next chapter in Isaiah, God promises to take your right hand and help you (Isaiah 41:13). He will be there for you. Take your worries to God and He will walk you through them. I remember when I first moved to Dallas I had this awesome job lined up. I would be making 50k right out of college: I was set. But the job was contingent on me passing a really difficult coding test. Well, I failed it and lost the job. So there I was in Dallas with a $1000 rent, no job, and no family there. God was the only thing that got me through that tough situation. And as strange as it was, I had peace about it. I wasn’t worried in the slightest. I trusted God completely that He would provide for me. Right when I lost the job, God brought this promise to the forefront of my mind,
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
That is what God calls us to do. When you have a problem, take it to Him. We can’t handle it, but He can. He uses hardships in our lives to teach us and to make us grow as people. Consider what is weighing on your mind. Are you having trouble with friendships, schoolwork, the prospect of graduation, work problems, or relationship issues? I encourage you to surrender these issues to the Lord. In retrospect, I would have hated that job and would have been stuck in a contract for two years doing it. God had another plan for my life.
Keep perspective when you face a problem. Remember that God is in control and your citizenship is not in this world. Focus your gaze upon the Lord, trust in Him and He will give you the strength to battle any fear you are facing.
Fight the Good Fight,