“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
Calm down, Tory!
Come on, it’s not this big of a deal. Your fears are irrational.
But what if I cannot do it? What if this goes wrong? What will they say?
But what if you trust and obey, instead? I hate it when I have mini panic attacks, especially at work. If you do not know, I am a high school English teacher, and I teach at a brand new high school. God answered my prayers. As much as I love my career, and how God has created me in every way, to fit this job and perform my best work; the road getting here was slippery and often fraught with danger and problems.
Anyone in education knows this job is a high-stress level environment. You’re confronting hormonal teenagers every day, and sometimes, irate parents and micromanaging administrators. So you can imagine the hysteria I encounter each day, so it is very tempting, sometimes to throw in the towel and quit teaching.
Earthly advice tells humanity to do our best not to worry and panic. To believe the responsibility falls squarely on your shoulders: To believe, I am capable, and I can rely on the knowledge in my head, creating logical assumptions and solutions to problems.
Spiritual wisdom instructs me to do what I can and, above all, trust and obey God.
My friends, I choose the latter. I choose to deliberately “walk by faith, not by sight.” I do not know how my students will react when I reprimand them. I do not know who the parents are, their background, or how involved they are in their child’s life. However, not knowing all the factors is not a prerequisite to trusting the Lord.
If you notice none of God’s commands, the Old and New Testament commands us to know everything and absorb all knowledge about life and the world. On the contrary, scripture consistently gives appraisals about God’s wisdom. His wisdom surpasses everyone’s intelligence, and it is by His wisdom and perfect judgment He established the world.
Furthermore, the Lord God reigns, and He is with me. He is in my present. He is in my future. There is no journey a Christian endures alone. This is why God’s Word encourages Christians to take every opportunity to add to our faith to strengthen it. Faith is not feeling based. Faith is a product of belief. We believe even when we do not see, even when we do not feel.
Yes, we can get warm and fuzzy feelings, but they’re not always great indicators concerning spiritual matters. One of the biggest lies Satan speaks to us is that we’re alone as we face our trials. Untrue. God does not leave us alone. He is with us when we’re experiencing the heat of temptation struggling to overcome sins.
We must stand firm, resolved, and strong in what He called us to do. I have to stand firm, especially in my profession. Psalms 37:23-24 says,” 23 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;” God will make our steps, the way we walk firm. I do not have to rely on my limited power, human weaknesses, and frailties to anchor myself amid hopelessness and discouragement. Instead, the Lord makes me firm, for there is no weakness in Him.
While we are strong sometimes, God is strong all the time.
Isn’t that amazing? There is never a time when we have to worry if God will be able to carry us through. He is always available and eager to support His children committed to His holiness and bringing His will to fruition. This is a guarantee because God desires to complete His will. Walking in the light (1 John 1:7), as Jesus is, assures us that the steps we walk are spiritually led.
And “24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Are we perfect? Absolutely not. Mistakes are as common as breathing. I say something regretful or go to bed late, but my past mistakes do not ruin me. My mistakes are too small compared to our Lord God. I will stumble. You will stumble. But Praise the Lord God, He is a good, wonderful, and merciful Father! Like a child learning how to walk, God will not let us be go until He knows we are ready.
Be Blessed, my friends!
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