Friday, November 5
30 Quotes from Oswald Chambers-#9
Don't fret. PRAY!
We do nothing to promote changing the circumstances of our life when we worry and lead ourselves to become anxious. Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
Oswald says, (January 26th page of "My Utmost for His Highest Journal," published by Barbour and Company)
"Many of us refuse to grow where we are put, consequently we take root nowhere. Jesus says that if we obey the life of God has given us, He will look after all the other things. Has Jesus Christ told us a lie? If we are not experiencing the "much more," it is because we are not obeying the life God has given us, we are taken up with confusing considerations."
When we stop agreeing with the thoughts about worry and anxiety and start praying, we are surrendering our burdens over to God. Sometimes I find myself saying aloud, "Do not worry...do not be anxious... to talk to myself and focus my thoughts back on God. When we bring these circumstances to God we are treasuring Him as our provider, sustainer, and protector. We are treasuring His word by believing He will take care of us. Matthew 6:30 says, "If God so clothe the grass of the field.....shall He not much more clothe you?"
Since the economy has been up and down, my husband's sales have been up and down.It's not because he is a poor salesman, he is one of the best. People were just not buying like they used to. As a stay at home mom, I found myself praying for my husband in a way I never had prayed before when I was working full time. When I was working, I knew we would always be ok because we had my income coming in too. It was extra money. But when we decided together for me to stay home and care for our son, I came to understand what it really meant to depend on God as well as be dependent on someone else as an adult. In our entire marriage, I had always worked and didn't think about money. It was always there. But last year, I found myself becoming worried and anxious about how the economy had made its impact on our finances, I started to worry. I started to get testy. One day, I read this verse and said, "Ok. I can't change it. But I CAN pray!" So I did. I told my husband I was praying for him and for his work. And God began to provide. My husband would call me and tell me about new sales that he had gotten (he never had before!) and I found us becoming stronger and rejoicing together. I would rejoice when he would tell me about his sales and then know how to pray more for his business. The point of this story is that God wanted me to grow in the circumstance I was placed in. It led me to depend on God and to believe Him that He was not lying when He said, "do not worry" I will take care of you. Now that things are better, I have not forgotten what God taught me during that time. I continually ask God's provision for our finances. My husband is still telling me about his sales and I am still praying for his business. We are still rejoicing together! What a treasure in our marriage!
Believe God friend. Don't believe the lies. Grow in the circumstance you are in. God WILL take care of you.