As much technological advance as we have made, we still have not found a way to predict the future, therefore, we worry. Everyone is wired a tad different, but we all worry. I know some of you are paralyzed by fear and anxiety. You play out every scenario before you make a decision, and even then you second-guess yourself till the very end. I know some of you that are so carefree I wonder if anything worries you. Whatever the case, we all go through those seasons when we lose sleep, blow opportunities, and destroy relationships because we think too much.
Worry boils down to pride. Let me say that again, in case you missed it. Worry boils down to our arrogance. We are sure that our way is best. We are convinced we know which way the future must work out in order for life to go on as we think it should. We play out scenarios as if we are omniscient (all knowing) and pursue the best one as if we are omnipotent (all powerful). We do not believe God has a plan, and if He does have one, how could it be as well thought out as ours? We may announce that we desire God’s will for our life, but we always have a back up plan, just in case He lets us down. We give ourselves full credit when things go according to our plan because we made good decisions, acted responsibly, and planned ahead. We interpret anything that conflicts with our plan as failure, suffering, or abandonment. And chances are high we blame circumstances, other people, and most ironically, God, when our plans fail.
Our pride is overwhelming.
We have trust issues. We want God to answer the big questions before we hand over anything. We want God to find us a job, a nice house, a hip church, and an attractive mate, but we have a hard time including Him in our daily life, in the little things. It’s sort of like asking someone to marry you on the first date, and they look at you in bewilderment because you barely know each other. If we could keep God at arm’s length but still have all of our big questions answered we would, but God longs to know us and He will not give up. He wants to know we are as serious about getting to know Him as He is about getting to know us. God asks some questions of us before He answers ours.
“Do you really believe I know what’s best for you, better than anyone, even you?”
“Will you follow me, no matter the cost?”
“Do you love me?”
If we are unwilling to answer yes to those three questions, then what business do we have asking for God’s help? If we can’t start by saying yes to these three questions and shape our lives around them, then maybe we should be left to sludge around in our swamp of worry.