Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David…(1 Sa 19:1).
We spend the majority of our mental energies stewing over the things we cannot control. The Bible calls this worry. I tend to worry a lot.
Saul worried too, he was obsessed with the thought of losing his kingship to David. He did everything possible to do away with David, but no amount of worry, or intentional efforts to do away with him could keep God’s anointed from becoming King of Israel.
We can stew, obsess, worry and doubt. Whenever our mental energies become captured by these thoughts our hearts have been given over to defeat. We will find no victory there. While in that place our hearts cannot say anything other than, “God I do not trust you, so I must worry.”
Israel trusted God in the wilderness for their daily manna. Whenever they would take too much, out of worry that maybe God wouldn’t pull through for the next day, the food would rot.
One of the ways the devil gets a Christian stuck and ineffective is to pit their heart and mind with thoughts that either cement them in the past or cause them great anxiety about the future. God says, “Trust me for TODAY.” In each new day we must release the past to His control and surrender our futures to His Lordship.
There is a place where God lives. It is the promised land of victory; a land flowing with milk and honey. It is a spacious place. It is a place of rest for the heart often captured by worry. This is the place God wants us to join Him. However, we cannot until we take a deep breathe, surrender our thoughts to the Lord and entrust our whole being to Him.
If the devil can steal our faith he can make us ineffective. There are many Christians who are not walking by faith, because they ware walking in fear. They do not sit with God in the promised land of victory, because they do not know what true faith is. They have never actually practiced it, because they have conditioned their minds to worry.
Until we learn to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ we will live with fear as our guide and anxiety as our crutch. I think this is what the writer of proverbs means when they say, “Above all else, guard your heart, because everything you do flows from it.” (Prov. 4:23). Guard your heart against worry and entrust your life’s purpose to the Lord Jesus Christ today. Are you willing to trust Him today?
Jesus, worry is a condition of the heart that can be cured by you. It is your healing balm that softens our concerns and places them in the promised land of victory. I do not always run to your truth, but I want to. I want to release worry and activate faith. Today, Lord, I surrender my thoughts. I want to walk in radical obedience for what you are asking of me today. In Jesus name, amen.