Scripture Reading: Psalm 40:13–17
Key Verse: Psalm 40:1
I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
No matter how hard we tried not to let it get to us, it did. The pressure began building and building—deadlines, irritable bosses, difficult children, commitments we made, a delicate family situation. Then, suddenly, we snapped. We showed the world around us that we could not handle it on our own.
Admitting our inability to handle the sometimes overwhelming stress of life is exactly what God wants. Instead of trying to navigate through these rough waters on our own, He wants to see us turn to Him more than ever. This is His moment to shine through us by leading and guiding us to a place of peace. This is His time.
Paul encourages us in Philippians 4:6–7 to not be anxious, but through prayer to tell God about our worries. Why can we tell God about our problems so easily?
First, God already knows what we’re going through, but He still wants to hear it from us. Our admission of frailty oftentimes paves the way for God to work in our lives.
Second, we should tell God about our problems because He knows how to resolve them. We will never experience true prosperity trying to operate on our own wisdom.
And last, God is not surprised by our challenges in life. He knows what is coming, and He knows how to get us through. Who else would be more perfect to talk about our anxieties during a time like this?
Lord, I admit my shortcomings, my anxieties, and my failures. Help me turn them around so that You can be glorified.