His Word vs. My Feelings

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Psalm 56:3

Just prior to the start of the plagues in Exodus, Moses shared with God that he was worried about going before Pharaoh to demand Israel be freed. He said, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?” (Exodus 6:30) But God reassured Moses yet again, telling him, “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, Pharaoh will not listen to you.” (Exodus 7:3-4)

Moses worried about something (Pharaoh not listening to him) that God was completely in control of. This is also true of 100% of the things we worry about. Moses was worried Pharaoh wouldn’t listen. But God told Moses don’t worry. Trust me. Pharaoh not listening was all part of the plan.

I’m a lot like Moses. I worry. And God reminds me not to.

I worry about how my next appointment will go. God says “Fear not, for I am with you.”

I worry about the overwhelming to-do list sitting on my desk. God says, “Be not dismayed, for I am your God.”

I worry if I’ll be strong enough to sustain the burdens of ministry over the long haul. God says, “I will strengthen you.”

I worry that I don’t know what to say to the hurting guy sitting across from me. God says, “I will help you.”

I worry if I’m going to fail as a dad, husband, or ministry director. God says, “I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

And what God says through His Word matters infinitely more to me than anything I feel. 

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