Worry and God's Will

When I decided to look at Psalm 37 with an eye for how my expectations should relate to God’s will, I didn’t expect so much of this chapter to be about worry. As much as it pains me to admit, I am often a Mr. Worry:

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Poor Mr Worry. 

Whatever happened, he worried about it. 

If it rained, he worried that his roof was going to leak. 

If it didn’t rain, he worried that all the plants in his garden were going to die.

You get the idea. (And if you’re not familiar with Britain’s Mr. Men series, you should be. They are fantastic.)

Equally shocking to me was the realization that my worrying does demobilize my ability to trust that God will establish my steps (Psalms 37:23). Anxiety, as Kevin  DeYoung says in Just Do Something, is living out the future before it arrives. Anxiety could also be described as the enemy of trust. We must understand that God’s will is always taking place – why, then, do we worry about God’s will? It has happened, it is happening, and it will happen!

Delighting in Christ allows us to be certain about our future. God wants us to trust His promises for tomorrow, and the next day, and the one after that. Several of these promises for the children of God are found in Psalm 37 alone:

  • We will dwell in the Lord’s land. (verse 3)
  • We will be given the desires of our heart. (verse 4)
  • God will act when our way is committed to him. (verse 5)
  • We will have righteousness and justice. (verse 6)
  • Though we fall, we will not be cast aside. (verse 24)
  • God will be ever generous with us. (verse 25-26)
And those are just a few verses! It’s important to understand that this secure future was purchased by the atoning blood of Jesus. Christians around the world have just celebrated (or, if you’re like me, are still celebrating) the birth of the Christ-child. Christmas, though, isn’t ultimately about a cradle – it is about the cross. We must not forget that God came to dwell among us. We must not forget that Jesus was fully God and fully man. Jesus is the answer to Job’s cries for an arbitrator to represent both infinite and finite parties in Job 9. And it is Jesus who will empower you to be anxious for nothing, but to cheerfully and expectantly watch God’s will at work in your life.

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