Do you struggle with asking God why? Why did your life turn out the way that it did? Why did your husband cheat? Why did the car break down? Why did you lose your job? Why can’t you make ends meet? Why do the Jones’ get so much while you struggle to get ahead? On and on the list can go, can’t it? It’s hard to be happy, ain’t it? It’s hard to trust God when you can’t see what He’s up to while you wait in the dark.
You cannot overcome your anxiety if you are not willing to trust God with your whys in life.
When you are questioning God, in a way where you refuse to accept what has happened, you can’t move forward. You cannot be used by God and you cannot have a deep relationship with Him.
Sometimes God is going to put you into a situation that will reveal your heart. Take Job as an example. Job had a perfect life, wealthy, position, plenty of kids, a good wife and plenty of friends. But God allowed Satan to take all of that away from Job in order to reveal what was going on under the surface. He wanted to Job to see his pride problem, He wanted to test Job’s faith and trust in Him.
Difficult situations make it hard to mask what you really think and feel.
When things get rough, do you run? Do you stop going to church? Do you blame your parents, spouse, pastor or friends for how bad things are going in your life?
When things get rough, what is your attitude like? Are you content? Do you trust God even when you’re struggling? Are you worried? Anxious? Angry?
Do we all have moments of weakness? Yes. Do we all ask God why? Yes. Do we all struggle? Yes. You are not alone. You are just like everyone else. God didn’t promise roses and rainbows. But how you respond to these events in life will determine your success in this Christian walk.
You must trust God with your whys.
You must have faith that He is at work behind the scenes making things work out for good.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
You have to let go of the reins, let God control things. Once you do, you will find freedom from your anxiety.
God is God and He doesn’t need to explain Himself. p. 192
How I love that reminder! Isn’t that how we treat our kids when they ask why? ‘Because I said so‘ is the most used parental phrase out there. And God uses it as well!
Check out Habakkuk’s response to God telling him the Chaldeans were coming to take the people captive:
Habakkuk 3:17-18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Even though everything that was bound to come, despite the fear, despite the worry and anxiety Habakkuk decided ahead of time to trust in the Lord. He decided ahead of time to give it all to God and have joy. What will you decide? Will you trust God with your whys? Will you have joy in the midst of pain? Will you say no to the anxiety that wants to bog you down?