You've been on my mind and heart. I see you struggling and planning,
worrying and sweating, crying and running, at a furious pace. You're
trying to move that mountain by yourself again, huh?
God asks that we cast all our cares on Him because He cares. Think about
what your worrying says to God when you refuse to give things over to
When you worry about money, you're telling Him that He is unable to
provide for His children... although He has riches beyond belief in
Heaven, He is too stingy to share them with you.
When you worry that no one understands you, you're telling Him that
although He has been with you since before you were formed in the womb
and has carved you into the palm of His hand, He doesn't know you.
When you worry that you will not have enough food, you're telling Him
that although He rained down bread from Heaven in the desert to feed His
children, you are the one He's forgotten.
When you worry that your enemies will have victory over you, you're
telling God that although He has given you spiritual battle gear to
defend yourself, that despite His track record of being a giant slayer,
Red Sea divider, lion mouth closer and a furnace cooler, He can't handle
your coworker (BOSS), your neighbor or a former friend.
When you worry that your children have decided to follow the world
instead of your example, you're telling God that he doesn't keep His
promises... that despite the fact that you have raised them up in the
way they should go, they'll stray because basically he lied.
When you worry because the doctors told you that children are
impossible, that a cure is impossible, that healing is impossible,
you're telling Him that this world controls your fate. You're saying
that prayer time with Him is merely something to pass the time. You're
saying that although He can raise the dead, make a virgin conceive, open
the womb of a woman well past eighty, heal a twelve year issue of blood,
make the blind see and the lame walk, He can't help you.
When you worry that you won't be able to do enough to earn forgiveness,
you're telling Him "that's OK Lord, no need for your Son to die, I can
earn my own forgiveness! " Let's just act like Jesus never died, and
tell Him never mind, that He doesn't need to go to the cross.
When you worry that no one will love you, that you'll be lonely for the
rest of your life, you're telling Him that His love is insufficient,
that He couldn't possibly love you enough to ward away loneliness.
You're saying that although He has promised life more abundantly, He was
lying that despite the
fact that He started off saying that it is not good that we be alone,
He's changed His mind.
When you worry and refuse to give the problem over to Him, you're
telling Him that although He could create the world, He can't handle
what's going on in your world, so you will. You are saying that He won't
work things out, that obstacles cannot be overcome, that mountains can't
be climbed, that healing
cannot occur, that what is lost will not be found, that joy does not
come in the morning, that He is not the God of a second chance, that the
promised land has been swallowed up by the desert, that you have
discovered the height, depth and width of His love and found to fall
short of your needs.
Think about all that you're saying to the one who loves you the most and
who has all power, really think about it. Then open your hands and
release what you've been holding onto. Bow down on your knees and ask
Him to forgive you for doubting Him. Walk away with a peaceful heart and
note the footsteps that go before you to make the crooked places
straight, a way in the wilderness, and water springing forth in the
desert. Stand in a stream with waters around your ankles, the waters
that pass by you at that moment, you will never see again, so it is with
the misery that has challenged your life... let it go, let it pass!
By Bishop TD Jakes