Ah! if we could only harness the time and energy wasted worrying about things beyond our control! The truth remains, however, that far too many of us are neutralized and sitting on the sidelines because of the paralyzing influence of worry and insecurity. The seeds of insecurity and worry were more than likely sown in childhood, and this legacy can be difficult to overcome.
“Overcome”, however, is a Bible word! That should inspire us with the hope that we can develop the skill set necessary to leave worry behind. This is a battle worth fighting. There are Christians today who fear the future. They feel as if they are not equipped to meet the challenges that lurk around the corner. They feel as if they have nothing to offer. They immediately point to past failures when encountering present challenges. Their self-esteem is non-existent. They feel inferior. It’s a recording that plays unchallenged over and over in their heads.
I am not going to use the standard scriptures to respond to this crisis of confidence. I want to point you to a couple of verses that paint life as it really is- a process of growth and maturation that God has orchestrated especially for each of us. David saw them as “steps…ordered by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23).
We must begin with the Biblical premise that God will “never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). He will be with us on every step of this life-long journey. He doesn’t stand idly by, but gradually sands the rough edges off our human character. Solomon discovered that
“He hath made everything beautiful in His time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Your destiny is to be “beautiful” in God’s sight. As the old saying goes, “He is the potter, we are the clay.” Through the good times, and the rough times, God is working behind the scenes setting the stage so that you could reach your potential. Will He throw in the towel? Will He give up and walk away? Paul thought and taught otherwise:
“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
Our confidence is in the power of God to purpose every chapter and challenge in our lives. Nothing is by accident, or without a purpose. We must move from lamenting the past to anticipating the future. We can stand with confidence, not as some “which have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
Memorize these encouraging verses of scripture. Recite them until they are engraved in your brain. Use them as potent weapons against discouragement and self-doubt. We can not only fight this battle, but win it!