When Worry Steals Your Faith

Tabloid fodder distracted me as I thumbed through a magazine in the waiting room of my doctor’s office. Waves of nausea were held at bay by deep breaths and wringing hands. Only because of my fresh manicure were my fingernails off-limits.

The “abnormal test result” call, forty-eight hours before, was like a rally cry. I preached to myself that God was in control, His plans were good, and He would not leave or forsake me. Faith was the rock on which I would stand.

I was anchored to that rock all of six hours before worry kicked in.

At 3:00 am, punching my pillow and tossing from side to side, I prayed promises and told myself not to worry over a tomorrow that had not yet come. The sparrow doesn’t fret and the lilies of the field have no cares under His watchful eye.

Around 4:00 am, I boldly told the Lord (because we get real at this hour) that it didn’t matter to me one lick if those flowers wilted away and that bird showed up dead on my front porch, I was talking about ME. I didn’t have time for “abnormal.”

I surrendered at 5:00 am and promised the Lord that we’d have a civilized chat in the morning if He would just bring some rest. He did. And we did.

Worry and I have quite a sordid history. It’s one of those sinful habits that I’ve prayed into submission, yet it hangs on with the same vengeance as those last five pounds. Once the door is opened to anxious thoughts, the downward spiral of worse-case-what-ifs and what-may-comes is difficult to reign in.

Surely I’m not the only one who, at the first sign of trouble, has shown her husband how to pay the bills and given him permission to marry again someday. ;)

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Romans 8:31

God is DEEP and WIDE and He IS for us. But it’s the “who” up against us, that so often grows larger than life. While not God’s equal, there are BIG and TALL expanses of trial that we travel through, obstacles so exceedingly difficult to surmount that worry wrangles faith.

The betrayal of a friend. The sting of broken family. A child gone astray.

Dreams set by the wayside, superseded by plans out of our control.

The job lost. The absent health. The hurt that seems ever-present.

Unlike the sparrows and lilies, these anxieties break our fragile hearts and burden us soul deep. But the same God that cares for the tiny and insignificant of this world, whispers to His precious children, I love you more.

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There isn’t anything we’re facing that is bigger than what God has done for us. (←Tweet that!)

“He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things. Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
Romans 8:32, 34-35 (emphasis added)

God gives all things and sometimes that means other things must be taken. The glorious joins the difficult. What we long for comes beside what we’d rather go without. God gives us what we must endure to grow into who we must become. That’s the journey of faith, and it can be downright worrisome, but it’s a journey we don’t travel alone.

When worry wrangles faith, we have Jesus—who laid down His life, rose from the grave, and who is seated next to the very Father who gave Him to us—pleading our cause, praying on our behalf, and pardoning our case.

God gave His everything to prove that He is on your side.

The walk out of my doctor’s office was bathed in relief. God was with me and worry was set to rest. But perhaps your steps feel far more treacherous, and the light at the end of your tunnel seems distant at best. You may feel chained to worry, but sweet friend, you don’t bear that burden alone. God is with you still, and He’ll stay until your rest comes … and every day there after.

God is for you. He was on the cross. He is on the throne. God is for you. (↑Tweet that!)

If you don’t know this God that is on our side, or the Son that laid His life down for us, you can. Take a few moments to learn more here.

You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots:  Holly Barrett (#testimonytuesday), Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory)Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart), and Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday).

23 thoughts on “When Worry Steals Your Faith

  1. Ahh, the pesky “worry”. I am sure no one is immune to the taunts and claws of this dreaded alien. I have been where you were but got the “not do good” news. But you know what GOD NEVER LEAVES US ALONE. HE has walked this path with me and through it all he has gently drawn me to his lap and I am closet than I have ever been. Lots of bumps and rock slides but he holds my hand and we walk through it together. I pray he will help you remember this time when you face your next rockslide.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that your news wasn’t what you hoped. But so glad that you sense His nearness and that His presence is your comfort. Yes, our God is an expert at handling our rock slides and catching our falls. My prayers for healing, restoration and that you continue to grow closer to Him along the way. Thanks for visiting.

  2. So thankful for your good report dear one. I find these words a comfort. And there’s that verse again in Romans, with emphasis on, “He is for you”. Wow what a wonderful Father He is to repeatedly confirm His heart to us! So thankful I came here today!

  3. Oh how I know about this worry that wrangles faith. And I’m so grateful I also know about God’s grace that reminds me he is indeed for us. Such encouragement here, sweet friend. xoxo

  4. I’m so glad you ended up having good news, Tiffany! I am a professional worrywart, and it’s so hard to get it out of my system. I keep trying to give my burdens over to the Lord, but it seems like worry is my default mode. I’m so glad God is so patient with me. It’s such a comfort to know “we have Jesus—who laid down His life, rose from the grave, and who is seated next to the very Father who gave Him to us—pleading our cause, praying on our behalf, and pardoning our case.” Thank you!

    1. I’m glad He’s patient too, Trudy. The Lord knows our frame and our heart and I believe He receives and responds to even our smallest efforts to give Him our burdens. Thank you for visiting me today!

  5. So glad you had good results. I’ve been there done that, and it ain’t no fun!! It does help me to remember that God is for me, He’s working all things out for my good, even if the thing I dread becomes reality. Trust is hard work!

  6. I’m so glad your news was good, Tiffany! I’ve been on that side of worry lately too, and also came away with positive results, praise God.

    Unfortunately I’ve been a worrier most of my life. :( I’ve prayed for the Lord to remove it from me, but it’s something I still have to work to overcome. This year I’ve seen the most progress by trying to stay more in the “now,” but it still hasn’t been easy. So I appreciate your encouragement here to remember that God is WITH us and God is FOR us. That does make a difference!

    1. I’m beginning to think worry is hard wired into my very right-brained, analytical personality. I’ve wished and prayed it away, but since it’s still here, I’ve resolved myself to use it to point myself toward God and then combat worry with Him, rather than alone. If it forces us to cling to Him then maybe it can work to our advantage??!! So glad your results were good too, Lisa. And thank you for sharing here.

  7. “God gave His everything to prove that He is on your side.” Such a true statement but at times worry can seem bigger than the cross–how is that possible? For me, worry reminds me that I am trying to manage my life, my circumstances on my own or at least partially on my own. God is asking for full control. Thank you for the reminder that Jesus is ever interceding for my concerns. I know this but it’s so good to hear someone else say it!

    1. Such a good point, Angela. We try to wrestle control from God and our finite minds can’t fathom a solution. He is able, so very able to work on our behalf. Thanks for joining the conversation tonight…always a delight when you visit.

  8. Oh my gosh, that worry! I’m so glad your fears were relieved leaving the doctor’s office. I don’t know one woman who doesn’t worry!! As faithful women, we want to believe our lives will be peaceful at all times! All the more reason to realize Jesus is the only way to peace! I had a flurry of worry on and off this month..just awful, it came from nowhere..my prayer has been to take captive all my thoughts to Christ..it’s the prayer over and over again! I love how you share you vulnerability in your writing! It’s makes me feel like you’re sitting here with a cup of tea! Blessings!

    1. Aww…how fun would it be to chat over tea. :) Bringing those thoughts into captivity is a moment by moment prayer, right?! Those thoughts have a mind of their own, literally! Jesus IS the way and His truth truly can combat our worry when we seek it first. Thanks for being here, friend. Blessings!

  9. Tiffany! I can so relate to wrangling with worry! I feel like I have been battling my entire life with that tool of Satan! I am learning to put my trust in my Savior and seek His guidance in everything. This helps with the worry but the enemy always returns for a rematch! I have put my faith in Him that has “overcome the world”. Thank you for sharing such a thought provoking and faith assuring post! God bless you and yours!

    1. Oh, I hear you, Horace. Worry is quite the adversary and satan loves to wield that weapon to distract us from our faith. Yes, yes – Jesus has overcome on our behalf and in His strength we fight FROM victory. Thanks so much for joining the conversation today. Blessings back at you.

  10. Tiffany, worry can so easily creep in. I too often let worry rule over me but you are so right…God is my mighty fortress. God is the hope that anchors my soul. We have had so many cancer diagnosis here at church recently and your words spoke straight to my soul. I hope you don’t mind if I share them. I think they will bless some incredible women whose fears are still there. Hugs to you dear friend!

    1. I’m so glad the words met you, Tara. They are always yours to share as you feel so lead. When that bad news comes down the line it can be so hard to fight fear and worry alone. God IS that mighty fortress we can run to and stay beside when the cares of the world grow great. Good friends are a treasure of support as well, aren’t they?! Hugs back to you, sweet friend.

  11. I’m one of those worst case scenario girls too, Tiffany. I love how you describe so vividly your early morning (or was that night???) dialogue with God. You have a lot of truth here, friend. This speaks to me especially this morning: ” God gives us what we must endure to grow into who we must become. That’s the journey of faith, and it can be downright worrisome, but it’s a journey we don’t travel alone.”

    1. The journey is a full one, isn’t it?! Sometimes the ups and downs bring so much worry that I’d rather just live a flatline life. But it isn’t God’s plan for us and He grows and stretches us so that we trust Him more. I’m not sure my over thinking mind will ever surrender worry, but I know where to go when it comes…even in the wee hours of morning (or night 😉). Thanks for being here, friend!

  12. The Lord knew I needed to hear these words tonight. Worry seems to be my hobby these days, so I cling so tightly to Him…I know that’s what He wants for me. Thank you for reminding me again. You are a special blessing tonight.

    1. Oh, Kathy…worry can become a full time job, can’t it?! Clinging is a great posture and I’ve found the harder we hold on, the closer Jesus stays. Praying that your peace comes soon and that He meets every need you bring before Him. Hugs!

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