Are You Feeling Anxious?

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:1-2 ESV)

This is a reminder that God has complete control. He sees and hears everything, and he is never surprised. Unlike us, he does not sleep, but is always watchful. Every thought of ours is acknowledged and everything that we do, he oversees. Sometimes he let’s us do things our way and other times he intervenes. There are situations that he blesses and others that he doesn’t. His decisions are his alone and we are in no position to question them; we are to only trust and follow his lead.

When God builds a house, he uses material and people. When he watches over a city, he also appoints guards at the ground level. I am learning how the Lord uses all of creation and humanity to accomplish his will. We may not understand it all, but we can continue to lean on him to work things out. That is how anxiety can be overcome. Yes, there are things we must do in faith, but there is a divine balance where we must open our hands to first surrender and then receive.

One thing I do want to mention is that it is very important to be connected with godly people and the church. The burdens of this world can crush you, which is why he gives everyone helpers (Genesis 2:18; Galatians 6:2). It is in fellowship and community where we receive a word, a touch, and a prayer because where two or more people are gathered in Jesus’ name, he is also there among them (Matthew 18:20). May God’s peace and grace continue to cover you today as he weaves you into the fabric of his family. Amen.

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