Because of the strong self-help movement, many panic when things do not fall into place. We hear lines like “God helps those who help themselves”, so wouldn’t it stand to reason that we have to help God out a little bit? Or is there a line between human responsibility and the work of God? I affirm the latter.
I see those who operate from panic make mistakes in the following areas:
- Money – They often borrow money from others or take out loans they may never be able to repay. God will not bless impulse. Bigger homes or efforts to buy the happiness of your spouse may prolong the death of your marriage, but the fatal blow is still on its way.
- Vocation – People who operate from panic or fear often leave jobs frequently because the grass has to be greener on the other side, right? Wrong! Sometimes it might be. At other times, you would have been better off waiting for the right opportunity rather than jumping at the quickest one.
- Blame shifting – Those who operate from panic cannot possibly take responsibility for their own situation. Everyone else is at fault, and so are you if you do not see their “emergency” as dire as they do.
Fear is a liar. It is False Evidence Appearing Real. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Wait on Him, and He will strengthen your heart (Psalm 27:14). You can walk in peace and find joy, even if things don’t appear to be working the way you wish.
Don’t make a bunch of wrong moves because you are afraid! Relax and leave everything to the One who created the world and holds your life in His hands.