I’s Wicked

avatarWe’ve switched places! Lori Hatcher and I are known at our publishing house as “Crazy Lori” and “Hungry Lori,” in order to keep us straight. Today, we’ve decided to have some fun by trading blogs. This devotion is an excerpt from Lori Hatcher’s new book, Hungry for God … Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women. Like a spiritual power bar, Hungry for God is the nutrition women need to get through the day. You’ll love her writing and if you’re prone to fretting, you’ll love her message, too. If you miss me, pop on over to Lori’s blog at www.LoriHatcher.com

Facetime: God, I worry a lot. Is this trait part of my personality, or can I do something about it?

worryIf fretting were an Olympic sport, I’d own the gold medal.

Before I became a Christian, I fretted about what was happening, what might happen, what wasn’t happening, and what should happen. I fretted about the present, the future, and the past.

“Fretting is wicked if you are a child of God,” said theologian Oswald Chambers in his devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest. “We imagine that a little anxiety and worry are an indication of how really wise we are,” he explained, but “it is much more an indication of how really wicked we are.” In Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Topsy had to reach a point of confession and repentance over this sin in her life. “I’s wicked,” she sobbed to Ms. Ophelia. And I have to admit I’s wicked, too.

“Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way,” Chambers observes, and it’s true. I’m confident that God is aware of my situation and able to act on my behalf. I’m just not sure his answer will fit my agenda. C. S. Lewis described it this way: “We’re not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”

King Hezekiah faced a valid threat. Sennacherib, the King of Assyria, sent a letter threatening to destroy Israel. It was a valid threat—his armies had decimated all the surrounding nations—and now he had Israel in his sights. Instead of fretting, however, Hezekiah did what we should do when we’re worried—he took it to God.

Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: ‘O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Give ear, LORD, and hear; open your eyes, LORD, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God’ (2 Kings 19:14-16).

Hezekiah’s godly actions are a model for what we should do when we are tempted to fret:

  1. Go to God.
  2. Pour out our hearts to him.
  3. Remind ourselves who God is.
  4. Pray boldly, asking him to glorify himself by acting on our behalf.
  5. Rest in confidence, believing that he will hear and answer our prayers.
  6. Trust the answer.

When I compare my circumstances to Hezekiah’s, I realize I have no basis for fretting. The God who delivered Hezekiah and the children of Israel is the same God who is eager to act on my behalf. When I trust him with problems far beyond my ability to solve, he is then free to come to my rescue.

How about you? Are you fretting about something? I challenge you to take it to God and leave it there. In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3Hungry for God

Lori HatcherLori knows what it’s like to be busy. And what it’s like to struggle to make time for God. Her passion is helping women connect with God in the craziness of everyday life. A Yankee transplant living in Columbia, South Carolina, Lori uses her speaking and writing ministry to equip and empower women. She’d love to connect with you on her blog (www.LoriHatcher.com), on Facebook – Hungry For God, and Twitter @lorihatcher2.

Pour yourself a cuppa and take a moment to enjoy the lights, a song, or just a quiet moment with Jesus. He came to be WITH you. Mercy and grace, Lori

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  1. Judith Robl says:

    Well said, Hungry Lori! I can attest to this truth.

    In my office, I have a small placard that says “Worry is praying to the wrong god!”

    Worry and fretting rob us of time and energy. When the enemy can get us to focus on worry and fretting, we are robbed of the time and energy that should be devoted to service and obedience to God.

    Thank you for saying this so well.

  2. Lori Hatcher says:

    I see we are kindred spirits, Judith. It does help to have reminders that worrying is the opposite of trusting, and your office note sounds like just the thing. Thanks so much for stopping by today. May we both glorify God by trusting him more in 2015!

  3. Maxine D says:

    Thank you to both Lori’s – this is so true!! Worry truly is a waste of time and effort, and basically makes us gods instead of trusting the Almighty, who after all, created us in the first place, and gave also us the gift of faith!!
    Blessings to you both