I’m studying Matthew 6:19-34 for this Sunday, and the following quote by Oswald Chambers reminded me why Jesus on numerous occasions questioned his disciples’ faith.
Have you been bolstering up that stupid soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God? Put all ‘supposing’ on one side and dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about that thing. All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.
I don’t know about you, but I find myself in this scenario quite often. I pray and plan, but I plan with the wrong motives. I do the “plan B”. I should be preparing for God’s answers, but instead I find myself planning if God doesn’t answer (or at least what I think the answer should be) my request. Can I get a witness here? Am I alone in this?
According to Chambers, calculating without God, is the exact reason why we have anxiety, why we lack peace. I’ve got to stop bolstering up that “stupid soul” of mine and instead trust in God’s promises, like a one He gives us through the Apostle Paul.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).
Also we need to consider the ending of the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians.
Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask and think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen, (Ephesians 3:20-21, NASB).
If I truly believe the words above, and the fact that He is my Father and will take care of my needs, and can handle any challenge that I currently face, (Matthew 6:25-33; 10:29-31; Luke 12:11-12). May we all stop calculating without God.
(HT: Eric Jones for Oswald Chambers quote)