Caught in the Paralyzingly Fear of the “What Ifs”

Caught in the Paralyzingly Fear of the “What Ifs”
September 22, 2014 Vicki Ohlerking

Meghan Robinson | Co-Lead Pastor | The Movement Church | Mission Viejo, CA

Every day we are presented with opportunities to worry. Anxious thoughts knocking on the door of each of our hearts. Anxiety and worry come dressed in all different circumstances; lost job, financial crisis, marital conflict, parenting fears, closed doors at every turn. Sometimes we find worry arrives before the situation ever presents itself. We anticipate what could happen and find ourselves caught up in the paralyzing fear of the “what if?” We are all guilty of opening the door and letting anxiety in. We are all prone to try and figure things out on our own and to develop the “perfect plan” to silence our greatest fears. But we also know that no matter how hard we try to control the details of our life, ultimately we are not in control.

Matthew 6:25-33 tells us this: 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?t28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Today, let us take the time to settle our anxious thoughts. Close the door on worry and fear and trust our future to the One who holds eternity in his hands. God is in control. He see’s every obstacle that you are facing and every need that you have. Choose today to  “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”