Proverbs 20: 24 (NKJV) A man’s steps are of the LORD; How then can a man understand his own way?
We anticipate certain events in our lives to be worse than what actually occurs many times, because we often don’t know what’s going to happen. In the same way we dread performance reviews, report cards, medical test results; we delay difficult conversations with loved ones; we set ourselves up to be defensive with customer service. And we can go on with this problematic pattern of doing life.
We get anxious about situations and conversations, just knowing they are going to be awful. Especially if we are the one who has messed up. This is worth a few minutes today exploring some of our self-defeating tendencies. This kind of thought process is self-defeating. We assume that we already know the outcome, as though we can read minds and predict the future. We can prepare for certain conditions and rightfully so we should. However, if you believe God knows our steps, then we also need to trust the Lord with our path. So much can be defused by sincerely saying, “I messed up, and I’m sorry. Is there something I can do to help at this point?”
Before building a crisis in your head, stop the rush of thoughts, and pray. Pray for peace, pray for wisdom, and pray for words. Ask God to calm your anxiety and guide you. And even if you don’t completely understand what’s going on, there is a point when you simply have to take courage and walk through it – with God. It’s the only way to get to the next destination. I know this message is for someone today, so I implore you; “Go for it”!
Prayer- Father, when I am approaching difficult life terrain, I spend a lot of time in worry and anticipation. Then I build up my defenses when I don’t even need them. When I encounter adversity, let me draw upon Your wisdom so I will know how to face the situation. And grant me the assurance that, no matter what the outcome, You are right there with me, In Christ name Amen.
For His Kingdom,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.