"I cried out, 'I am slipping!', but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer." Psalm 94:18,19 NLT
I had to be truthful with myself. I was stressing out over some issues. Some of the issues were ministry related. There are a lot of hurting people. Some of the issues were within my family. I was not living in the moment, but thinking way down the road. My thoughts were filled with doubts, and the doubt led to fear.
I preach faith in God. I tell everyone that will listen that Jesus loves us. I read the scriptures that affirm my faith in Christ. Yet, I had to admit that I was afraid and feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders. Do you know what I mean? Have you ever felt like it all depended on you?
I think the human condition leads us into feeling self-reliant. While God has given us seeds of greatness, our hope is really in Him. I can fall into what I call the "savior complex." I have to fix it. Then I realize that I can't fix everyone. This can be overwhelming and self-destructive.
I confessed my anxiety to my wife and the Lord. The next morning the Lord comforted me with this scripture;
"I cried out, 'I am slipping!', but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer."
There will be many issues in life that will try to bring doubt and fear into our souls. Acknowledge how you are feeling to yourself, God, and another person. Give whatever is weighing on you completely to God. Don't continue to nurse the issue.
"The Lord is my fortress; my God is the mighty rock where I hide." Psalm 94:22 NLT