For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17
How many of you have ever had just one of those days? Ever lost your keys, phone, etc? Car wouldn’t start? Forgot a homework assignment? Spilled coffee on your shirt on the way to work or school?
Take a sec and think about the verse above-it says he will calm ALL your fears. Not just most of them, not just the biggies-all of them. God’s got everything under control, even these little things that cause us to have “one of those days.” That is something I forget about and forget to be thankful for like all the time. I was hanging out with one of my best friends the other night and she mentioned how recently something school related had been causing her to be stressed out and how God kept telling her that he’s got this but she was still worrying about it, when God took care of it literally the next the day. We talked about how sometimes with little things like that, we forget to give God control. We think how God could possibly care about these silly day to day things that freak us out, scare us and worry us, but the beautiful thing is he does. I opened up my Bible today and this was the verse I happened to turn to and it totally made this all hit me and make sense.
Back to being a control freak-something I’ve talked a lot about on this blog before-we get so controlling of our lives. It’s odd how it seems easy to give God control when it comes to big things: our futures, careers, major life decisions, family matters, etc. But little things like school course issues, problems with someone at work, etc. we try and handle it on our own. We’re like super determined toddlers telling God, “I do myself”. The Bible shows us that no, God can calm all your fears, is actively living among you and wants to help you and take delight in your gladness. All those little things that throw our day off can be given to God. He really does care about all these little things. I am horribly, horribly guilty of getting worked up over these things and letting them ruin my day, but when I see later how they work out, I feel so stupid. I get anxious or upset when it was really nothing and everything’s fine! God definitely has a sense of humor, that is for sure. I think we learn through these little things to trust in him, they’re like the baby steps. They’re the building blocks in our growing spiritual maturity. He shows us through these, that he can calm all our fears no matter what they are. He shows us that he is among us and with us. He shows us that he wants us to be happy and take delight and rejoice with us. These random inconveniences will happen, but we can choose to let them throw us off our game and get sidetracked from God, or allow them to show us just how awesome he is and let him reveal himself by calming these fears and anxieties. #holla #thankyoujesus